We recognise that working in the sex industry can carry risks.
We have therefore put together some safety advice; it’s wisdom and advice gathered from other much wiser people than us, and sadly from some people who’ve had to learn from experience after being in dangerous situations whilst working.
We recognise for a lot of people these are very obvious pieces of advice but we hope some of it might be helpful or at least some food for thought if you haven’t recently thought about your safety when you’re working or if you’re new to the sex industry.
*If you work in the sex industry and have some more advice to add to this please do let us know, or if you think any of it isn’t helpful please do say too.
Here is some safety and privacy advice:
Some people find it helpful/easier to use a location sharing app with the person you trust - some of the apps also have ways of alerting the person at the other end of the phone if you are in danger.
If you are in danger or do not feel safe at any time, please call the police on 999 and say "Help".
If you are unable to speak, once the operator has answered then dial 55.
The police have a duty to help and protect you.
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE SAFETY written by sex workers go to Safety and Privacy for Online Sex Workers (from Beyond the Gaze)
Also, saafe.info is a website set up by and for independent sex workers. Have a look for safety tips from people with experience of working in the sex industry.
The Beyond the Streets charity have created this resource of information about how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic if you choose to continue working, where to go if you need financial help, and other important organisations you might need to contact.
NUM (National Ugly Mugs) is a charity committed to supporting sex workers who have been victims of crime.
If you are a sex worker you can sign up to NUM for free to receive warnings about dangerous individuals in the area that you’re working.
You can also check NUM’s database to see if a telephone number or email address of an individual has been reported to them.
If you have a bad experience with a client, including time wasting, non-payment and verbal or physical abuse, you can make a report anonymously to NUM that will be shared with other sex workers and potentially save their lives.
The Charis team receive the NUM warnings about dangerous individuals so, if you don’t want to sign up but want us to let you know about dangerous individuals in your area then please do contact us.
Equally if you’d like help making a report to NUM or signing up to their site we are happy to help you with this too.
If you are worried about someone and wish to make an anonymous report you can also contact Crimestoppers