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 let the client know that someone else knows where you are and that your whereabouts can be traced.
  • If you feel comfortable enough to offer home services, make sure you get an address prior to the session and check out the location before turning up.  Check to see the layout, whether there are multiple persons on the property. If you feel uncomfortable with the location, cancel the appointment.
  • It is always a good idea to have someone trusted drive you to your appointment
  • Look through the whole house to check for other people, signs of danger and exits. You could say, “this is a noice place, would you mind giving me a tour?” Or you could ask to go to the toilet and then have a quick look around.  Be alert at all times.
  • Be assertive. Take charge of the session as soon as you meet the client. Be polite, friendly, but firm.
  • Make sure the client understands the services to be offered, the length of time and the cost for the services before you start.
  • Make sure the client knows you will use your own condoms for oral, vaginal, anal sex and when using toys.
  • Collect your payment BEFORE you provide the service and put away in a safe place. If the driver is waiting, give the money to him/her.
  • DO NOT ACCEPT cheques from clients.
  • Always tell the client that there is someone waiting outside for you, even if nobody is.
  • Don’t accept a drink that has already been opened or that you have not seen being made.
  • If you find a client to be disrespectful or abusive, you should leave immediately.
  • Invest in portable alarms and or pepper spray so you can make a quick getaway if needed
  • ALWAYS place your belongings near the door in a neat pile so you can grab them if the arises to make a quick getaway.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take drugs when visiting clients.
  • Always follow your instincts. Ifyou sense something is wrong, LEAVE!
  • If you have to defend yourself, make sure you really hurt the client. Don’t give him or her  the opportunity to recover
  • Check your client for STIs, especially for crabs, sores, herpes blisters and warts. Condoms do not always protect you against these STIs.

 

 

Adapted from Resourcing Health & EDucation in the Sex Industry