The Sex, Safety and Security study was part of a larger research project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

For the first time ever, we sought to provide a forum for people who pay for sex or sexual services, sex workers and their intimate partners, people who own and operate commercial sex venues, and the individuals and organizations that regulate the industry. We felt that bringing these voices and perspectives together would help us to better understand the complexities of the sex industry in Canada, and in particular the factors influencing health and safety within, and in relation to, the industry.

The purpose of the Sex, Safety and Security study was to better understand the attitudes, beliefs and experiences of people who have paid for sexual services. Our hope was that the knowledge provided by participants could be used to inform the development of education, service delivery, policy, and legislation that better meets the needs of people involved in Canada's commercial sex industry.