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When things go wrong

Sex work, like many jobs, can carry certain risks. Many workers do not experience any trouble, but sometimes rapes, assaults, robberies and arrest by the police can happen. Find out about your rights and how we can help if you are in trouble.

If something does happen, here is what you need to remember:

  • Try to keep calm.
  • If you’ve experienced an attack, make sure to take pictures of your injuries and visit the doctor as soon as possible.
  • When you visit the doctor make sure they make a note of what they have seen.
  • Make sure you take a piece of paper and write down everything you can remember about the punter or attacker.
  • You should consider things like hair length and colour, approximate height, accent, looks and any particular scars or facial expressions.
  • If they have a car, make a note of the model and type.
  • Keep hold of their phone number if you have it.

You should note down anything that would be helpful for a police report or an Ugly Mugs report to warn others around your area and across the UK.

Check for other ways to keep safe - you could talk to friends who live near you or move closer to other friends who are aware of your job. It is important to have a key person to rely on if necessary. Talk to SWISH advisors for advice on how to keep safe and avoid incidents in the future.

It may also be advisable to ask for counselling sessions to rebuild your confidence and self-esteem while working.
Sometimes, we hear of sex workers being the victims of robberies, where the perpetrator could be a client or a friend. Often, sex workers feel unable to report these crimes but it’s important to remember you have the same rights as anyone else.

We do hear of working flats being visited by the police. If this is a concern and you are unsure of your rights, get in touch with a SWISH worker.


Last review: 25/09/2014

Next review: 25/09/2017