Who we are
The North East Sex Work Forum is a group of agencies/people who develop and deliver services for individuals across the North East involved in all aspects of the adult entertainment/sex industry recognising that the spectrum of experience can be vast with varying levels of need, vulnerability and harm. The group agrees to have no pre-judgement on any individual’s lifestyle, recognising autonomy and labour rights within the sex industry.
Gaynor Trueman BSc (Hons), MA
NESWF Coordinator/Independent Research Consultant
Coordinator of the North East Sex Work Forum for the past year, but a member since the beginning in 2012.
A decade of working alongside people involved in the sex industry frontline as a project lead; service development/frontline delivery as the first sex work ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) in the North East; involved in and contributed to various research projects such as ‘Peer Talk: Hidden Stories; ‘Beyond the Gaze: The working practices, regulation and safety of Internet- based sex work in the UK’; ‘The Lives and Needs of Women Working within the Online Sex Industry across Teesside’; ‘Could a ‘zoning’ approach to street sex work within Stockton-on-Tees offer a progressive solution for a safer and more cohesive community?’
Committed to developing harm reduction policies which would allow people involved in the sex industry to work safe and without stigma or judgement. Supports de-criminalisation of sex work.
Professor Maggie O'Neil
Professor in Sociology/Criminology, born in Consett, a 30 year career in conducting and supporting participatory action research with sex workers and communities in North East, UK, Spain, Ireland and Canada.
Co-founder of NESWF and co-founder of SWRH (Sex Work Research Hub) and board member of ISWRN (Irish Sex Work Research Network).
Former Principal of Ustinov College Durham University.
Committed to improving research, development, policy and practice in the North East and the lives of sex workers and their families/communities. Supports de criminalisation of sex work.
Dr Alison Jobe
Assistant Professor in Sociology and Criminology at Durham University. Over a decade of research and teaching experience focused on the trafficking of persons, asylum seeking and migration, safeguarding and child protection, and participatory action research with sex workers.
Steering group member for the SWRH (Sex Work Research Hub). Steering group member of the Centre for Communities and Social Justice at Durham University.(https://www.dur.ac.uk/socialjustice/). Committed to the use of participatory methods to work with local communities to develop policy and practice. Supports decriminalisation.