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Simple safety tips for sex workers

Simple safety tips for sex workers

If you’re new to the world of sex work, you might be worried about some of the issues that sex workers face. This might be due to second-hand stories you’ve heard or things you’ve read in the internet. In any case, there are many ways to manage these problems before they happen. In this blog we cover some essential tips to help get you started in the sex work industry and a few ways you can manage common problems that sex workers face in the industry. We cover these in two different sections: things you can do before you meet a client, and things that occur with a client.

Preliminary safety steps

To get started, make sure to program your phone to ring pre-selected numbers or the authorities with the push of a single button. This way you won’t have to fumble for your phone in high pressure situations. It’s also not a bad idea to take some self-defence or de-escalation training to better prepare you for situations that get out of hand. Being overly drunk or under the influence of drugs will impair your ability to manage situations, so take steps to stay as sober as possible. When it comes time to choose a client, refuse anyone who is drunk, aggressive, or behaving erratically. When you meet them, or if you see pictures, take note of any characteristics that can help you identify them in the future. When you negotiate with them, if you already don’t have a fixed price, don’t be talked down from an ideal fixed price in your head. Similarly, don’t be talked into something you don’t actually want to do, regardless of promised money. You should also be requesting cash up front so that they’re adequately prepared – if they rock up with excuses as to why they don’t have the money, it’s time for you to leave. Last step of prep is to always bring condoms and always, always use them.

Safety during a meeting

Lot’s of issues that occur when working on the street can be mitigated when working for reliable escort agencies or brothels. For example, googling escort work in Newcastle will help you find some reputable agencies through reviews and associated workers. In the unfortunate case that a client’s attacks you for whatever reason, there are a few things to remember. First, make sure to create distance – get away as soon as possible, heroic actions are highly detrimental in such unpredictable situations. Screaming is an excellent way to alert people nearby that you’re in danger and can also serve to deter your attacker. After you manage to get away, collect all evidence you have on the client, which you should have ample of if you screened them beforehand. If not, items such as hair and condoms can help identify them to police.

Always be aware

Although it may seem like an industry where issues commonly arise, this is not usually the case – taking these precautions will simply serve to help in a situation that does go pear-shaped. Always make sure to be aware of your surroundings, of your client, and develop a series of ways to address any negative scenarios should they arise. It also pays to work in established brothels or escort agencies, as these offer another layer of protection.