We would like to acknowledge how grateful we are to be guests on the unceeded land of the Squamish, Tsleil-waututh and Musqueam people in the Coast Salish Territories of the country known as Canada.
Thank you for supporting sex industry resources and organizing! We are brand new and working to complete many of the resources and tools outlined here.
Please be patient as we work to complete the site and if you have any issues or problems using Naked Truth please let us know!
The Naked Truth:
- Provides sex-worker-driven, accessible resources, tools, and supports that prioritize health, safety, ethical business practices, and training for sex workers and our clients.
- Promotes a voluntary system of self-regulation in the Canadian sex industry.
The Naked Truth is owned and operated by sex workers.
We have first-hand knowledge how the above challenges play out in our lives. We are activists on the forefront of sex worker actions. And we are tired of others making money off our backs, while being constantly excluded from funding opportunities. Our years of activism, research, program creation/coordination/implementation, and our lived experience have led us to seek solutions to our challenges. The Naked Truth (Revision 69) is the manifestation of our collective vision as a community. It is based on the work we, as individuals and groups, have done over the past decade and a half and the concerns you have shared. This is history in the making!
We hope you will be a part of it!
SEX WORKERS have identified FIVE MAIN CHALLENGES:
- Screening Clients
- Finding A Safe, Discreet Workspace
- Advertising Costs
- Fear of Enforcement/Police
- Reporting Bad Experiences
Thanks to our web developer…
- The Naked Truth offers you affordable advertising for your services and a profile to use in your promotions.
- The classifieds section allows sex workers and allies to share things like work-spaces for rent and SW friendly businesses.
- We have an internal system for screening clients and opportunities for you to recommend and report clients using our system.
- We also have an automated system for reporting bad experiences, with an easy search function, available only to sex workers.
- We provide essential online training for sex workers earning members “certifications” that will let clients know we are safe and professional.
- We work with police and other outside agencies to recognize the certifications of our members.
- Our goal is to lower and potentially end the enforcement of Canada’s deadly laws around sex work.
Food for Thought: The 4 Main Resources Accessed or Sought by Sex Workers are:
- Sex Worker Organizations
- Sex Worker Support Groups (online, apps, etc)
- Adult Classifieds Websites
- Bad Date Lists/Red Light Alert
The Naked Truth is a central resource that encompasses the above “most accessed and sought” resources for sex workers:
- Our Partner Organization is the BC Coalition of Experiential Communities. Together, we are a resource for any Canadian sex worker to contact for support. We do our best to connect SW’s with resources they need and offer unlimited guidance for anyone seeking membership or certification on our site.
- We provide a safe forum for SW’s to have respectful discussions. Bullying will never be tolerated.
- Our Adult Classifieds are the most affordable on the internet and we will provide opportunities for sex workers to get credits they can put towards ads, as well.
- We take Bad Experience Reports and make them available only to sex workers who are certified or vouched for by someone who is certified.
Clients have identified FOUR MAIN CONCERNS:
- Concern for Safety: Clients worry about false ads, being scammed or even mugged when going to see a sex worker. They also worry the work space will be unsafe or unhealthy.
- Fear of Enforcement / Police: Clients worry that cops are posing as sex workers waiting to arrest them – a valid concern in some parts of Canada!
- Concern for Sex Workers: Clients worry about what they will find when they arrive – is the sex worker an adult working in an industry they chose – or trafficked and exploited?
- Fear of Being Outed: Clients have been outed by police in the past. If they are sent to “John School” they will be outed to all the people who are there, and probably their families too.
The Naked Truth offers a simple screening system for sex workers and clients so that both may be vetted and verified internally and confidentially. You will be able to see and choose people who have been “certified” in our community. You will also have the option to recommend or report sex workers using our system. Reports will be investigated by us reducing the need for outside agencies to be involved. We educate and meet with police and other outside agencies to make them understand that our clients are not predators. We hope to end enforcement of the current laws in Canada, while working to decriminalize our industry altogether. You can report situations where you suspect human trafficking or other exploitation is going on, and we will make sure that information is investigated without outing you.
You can also report the police to us. We want to know what police are doing and which ones are doing it. We would like to talk to those police officers one-on-one and maybe teach them a thing or two about protecting sex workers. We are here to support the clients we love. As you can see from everything we’ve told you, we are creating a masterpiece! The best part is that we are constantly evolving and improving the site based on your feedback.
We’re in this for the long haul.
We NEED your input and participation so we can make changes as we go.
And that leads me to HOW we are able to do all this.
How is this possible?
For years Annie Temple has had a vision for The Naked Truth which she struggled to implement for many reasons…financial challenges, inability to get buy-in from other sex workers, dealing with lazy and incompetent web designers, and more.
For years, Susan Davis has had a vision for certification – a program for Sex Workers to legitimize our profession and give us leverage against blanket enforcements by police.
For years, Velvet Steele has been an advocate and activist for transsexual and transgender rights, within, and outside the sex worker community.
Susan and Velvet (and Annie to a lesser extent) have all worked with police over the years and have made inroads particularly with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).
Right now, the VPD have instituted a “lowest level of enforcement policy” around sex work laws that has been adopted across the province of British Columbia. In other words, they are not arresting sex workers or clients in BC for adult consensual sex work. There are laws for every imaginable exploitation that can occur.
These policies are new and not perfect. There are still many issues to be resolved in building trust between sex workers and police.
Sex work laws are dangerous.
Sex work laws are not needed.
They are truly ridiculous and harmful.
And many Police services are, too, realizing this thanks to our work with them and the work of many other sex workers around the country. Susan, Velvet, and Annie are all members of the BC Coalition of Experiential Communities. We have volunteered thousands of hours towards improving health and safety for sex workers through our work with the coalition. We created the Trade Secrets Guide for Health and Safety in the Sex Industry. We are all currently working sex workers who do activism in our spare time. We have been turned down for funding too many times to count. So now… We have taken matters into our own hands.
We hired a web designer who is not lazy or incompetent!
He knows what he is doing and he is also in it for the long haul with us!
We are using our own money as well as our blood, sweat, and tears to create this incredible resource!
And we are doing it with your help!
This is just the beginning…
We are reaching out to ally organizations across Canada and inviting sex workers to be involved in the Coalition’s “Development” project. At this time, participation is voluntary and unpaid. However… Once the site is generating money through the Adult Classifieds, we hope to fund Coalition projects and pay you for your feedback and participation! If successful, we will also create jobs for sex workers like “Certification Support Workers”, “Site Moderators”, “Call Center Representatives” and more!CONTACT US