Safety & Prevention
Wherever you work, it is important to:
- Tell someone where you are going and how long you will be gone.
- Try to work in pairs if possible…not side by side- but in sight of each other.
- Never let the client know you are alone. Let them think that you have a friend that knows where you are.
- Try and carry a phone if possible. You can get a 9-1-1 cell phone from some DV/SA agencies, or from the courthouse.
- Carry a small bag with the essentials: condoms, lube, hand wipes, and an extra change of clothes for emergencies.
- If giving blow jobs, do not brush teeth beforehand, as this can increase chances of contracting an infection including HIV. Chew gum or use teeth wipes
- Never carry a lot of money, or else hide money in a place other than a handbag.
- Think about an escape route in advance, in case of danger.
- Look for well lit, open and secure areas in which to work.
- If working in cars, memorize the car’s make and color. Leave fingerprints when possible (windows, dashboards, seat). Remember, newer cars have central locking which is an added risk.
- Always look in the back of the car to before you get in to ensure that no one else is there.
- Make sure you can see clients clearly.
- Engage in small talk to assess any potential risk.
- Always go on your ‘gut instinct’. If you get bad vibes or feel uneasy-Don’t go with him!
- If dancing in a club, have a bouncer walk you to your car.
- If accepting drinks from clients, always make sure you watch it being made. Also, try and keep the drink in your sight. Don't drink from it after leaving it out of your view.
What to do if things go wrong:
- Make as much noise as possible. This frightens people away. Yell, scream—GET OUT! GET AWAY!
- Run and scream “FIRE” as loud as you can.
- Run to a busy street and get help.
- Create a HUGE scene to get attention.
- Loud noise scares people and attracts attention.
- Carry a whistle or personal alarm.
- Remember, at any sign of danger, yell and get help!
SEXWORK HARM REDUCTION TIPS
Adapted from “Tricks of the Trade” by L. Synn Stern-
Leslie Peterson, PBDL 12/07