© 2016 Kate Hausbeck Korgan, Ph.D.

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Beginning in November, 2016, our team is on a listening tour as we interview self-employed women working as internet-based escorts, courtesans, and companions. We hope to learn about the types of strategic, creative, innovative, and just plain smart business practices that women working as independent, online escorts, courtesans, and companions use to run their own web-based businesses. 

If you are over 18 years old, have your own website, and are an internet-based escort, courtesan, or companion, we'd love to speak with you, anonymously of course! If you're willing to spend a little bit of your time being interviewed to support this research, we'd be very grateful. Why tell your story? Well, we're good and interested listeners. We're allies. And we're doing work that may help change the way that policy makers, legislators, scholars, and your friends and neighbors think about escorts. We also produce data about U.S. online escorts and share these findings and reports for the benefit of...


We’re reaching out to ask for your help assessing the impact of FOSTA-SESTA on online sex workers, especially escorts. Please take the quick survey! We know that your time is valuable, but we hope that the results of this research will be useful for educating the public about this legislation and it’s impact on providers. We’re happy to share our findings and research with participants, too.


The online survey is anonymous; we will not know who you are or anything other than what you put in your answers. All information that we receive will be kept strictly confidential. This is a safe way to share your thoughts and opinions about FOSTA-SESTA.

The anonymous survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. Feel free to share this privately or publicly through social media -- we hope to get a high response so that we can share our findings with sex workers, legislators, policy makers, activists, allies, and academics.

Thank you so much. Have a gr...

Carol Leigh coined the term "sex work" in 1979/1980, but the debate over whether or not adult women who choose to work in the sex industry are laborers still rages on. This research project moves forward from that debate and begins with the theory that working as an independent, online escort or companion in the U.S. is a business situated in the new online, so-called "gig economy," and women working in this sector need a variety of professional skills and strategies to be successful. Unfortunately, neither academics, nor activists, nor the public have a good understanding of the business strategies and practices of independent, internet-based escorts, courtesans, and companions. This research aims to address this gap by reframing discussion to focus on adult service providers as erotic entrepreneurs.

Each of us has been working in this field for many years, in a variety of ways, and together we bring over 60 years of experience to this project. We have UNLV Institutional Review Board approval to conduct this research in a safe, confidential, ethical manner. Moreover, we will be sharing the results of this research broadly: online, with the sex worker community, Desiree Alliance, students, scholars, and the public-at-large through publications. 

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Kate Hausbeck Korgan, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor, Sociology

Dean, UNLV Graduate College


Alex Nelson, Ph.D. Candidate

Anthropology, UNLV


Antoinette Izzo, Ph.D. Student

Sociology, UNLV


Sarah Bessen, M.D. Student

Dartmouth University 

Susan Lopez, M.A.

Independent Scholar

Leslie Hunter. M.A.

UNLV Graduate College


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