What Matters to Us:  Safety and Violence 
Tips and advice to ensure safety during sex work

Safety Tips for Male Sex Workers

Safety Tips for Male Sex Workers   The criminalization of sex work increases the vulnerability of sex workers in the region to human rights violations and violence. This is especially so for male sex workers who may be considered homosexual. Here are some tips that male sex workers in the region may find useful.   Wear comfortable shoes that come off easily and allow you to run if this becomes necessary. A few suggestions are track shoes or casual dress shoes. It is not advisable to wear shoes with very high heels, large platforms, flip-flops and sandals. Avoid jewellery. However, if you choose to wear necklaces or earrings, make sure you can afford to ...

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Safety Tips for Escorts

  Safety Tips for Escorts   Sex workers who provide escort services may find that this can be highly risky. This is because they tend to visit unfamiliar places to service clients, many of whom are unknown to them. Sex workers in this line of work must therefore familiarize themselves with the potential dangers of this service and how to protect themselves.   It is not advisable to visit clients at their homes the first time they book. Meet at a neutral location, such as a hotel. Always carry a mobile phone with you to the job. At the start of the session, call someone (a friend, maybe a relative or even your own answering machine). This will l...

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Safety Tips for Newcomers to the Industr…

  Safety Tips for Newcomers to the Industry   KNOW YOUR WORK Once you decide that this is what you want to do, you need to familiarize yourself with the job. To make the best of it, you will also need to become comfortable with it. Learn as much as you can about sex - get to know the many ways of pleasing your clients sexually, so your clientele can grow. You should never tire of learning more and more about sex - read up on all material possible on sex work and ensure you read and watch programmes that deal with sex in various cultures. This will add value to local knowledge and improve your skills.   ALWAYS RESPECT YOUR CLIENTS Remember you are...

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Safety Tips for Transgender Sex Workers

  Safety Tips for Transgender Sex Workers If you are transgender and a sex worker, you may find these tips quite handy.   General tips Negotiate price and service up front. Get the money up front. Always. Try to use a condom, especially for anal sex. Use a lot of lube, too. Do not work when you are high or drunk. You will be much less alert, and you'll be more likely to do something risky that you wouldn't do sober. Wear shoes in which you can run, or that you can slip off easily. Don't wear anything around your neck. Necklaces, scarves, key chains, etc. can be used to strangle or drag you. Get yourself checked at...

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Sexual Assault

  Sexual Assault Sexual assault of sex workers is common in the region. Sexual assault is any unwanted touching, or it could be the use of force to make you do something sexual that you did not consent to. Sexual assault is a crime and should be reported.   Violence against sex workers is not only committed by clients, but also agents of the state that should know better. For example, sex workers who are jailed for selling sex are sometimes required to perform sexual favours in exchange for their release. In some instances state agents such as police officers bribe clients by forcing them to go to automated banking machines and give them money in exchange for not...

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Important Advice from Experienced Sex Wo…

  Important Advice From Experienced Sex Workers   We have gathered some tips and advice from various sex workers in the Caribbean who have learned good ways to protect themselves while working. We would like to share these tips with you and encourage you to ALWAYS put your safety first.   Ensure that you ask the client what services they require before meeting with them. This can be a source of discontent if what the client wants you are not prepared to give. Discuss your rate before you go with the client. However, if you meet via telephone, wait until you meet in person and then suggest rates based on your assessment of how much s/he can pay....

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