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Safety for escorts

Here is some advice to consider when working as an escort, whether from your own home, or visiting a client.

Working as an escort and home visits:

  • Always speak to the client yourself.

  • Use this opportunity to suss him out and find out exactly what he wants before you go. Make sure you are comfortable with it. Be clear about the cost of the service.

  • If the client sounds drunk or under the influence of drugs, seriously consider not taking the job.

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.

  • Keep your mobile phone close  and have 999 programmed in on a shortcut key.

  • If you start to feel scared, or you are attacked, try to keep yourself and the situation calm.

  • Try to leave a small personal object such as an earring or wrapped condom (remember the type) that you could positively identify if you decide to report the incident to the police.

  • Try and get out and attract the attention of a neighbours or passers-by. Use a personal attack alarm or scream.

Going to a hotel

  • Before going out, get the client’s room number and name of the hotel, and arrange to phone him back. If he’s not happy with that do not go as he may have something to hide. Get the hotel telephone number from the yell.com.

  • After you’ve confirmed the hotel number phone the client back and arrange to meet him.

  • Try to meet first-time clients in a public place, like the hotel bar, particularly if you haven’t managed to speak with them yourself.

  • On your way out, pay attention to the area around the hotel and potential points of safety, such as bus routes, taxis, busy streets, open shops, pubs, garages and phone boxes

  • On arrival, memorise the layout of the hotel and escape routes from the room or suite.

  • Pay attention to details in the room and know the hotel room number so you could positively identify the room if you need to.

  • Watch out for any cameras that may be concealed in the room and don’t forget that many mobile phones have cameras built-in.

  • Keep as much clothing on as possible in case you have to run.

  • If you are uncertain about a client, leave immediately.

  • Try to get yourself or the client seen by CCTV cameras that may be positioned in the Hotel entrance.

MASH is linked to the national Ugly Mugs scheme. You can sign up online for free, and you can view (or be sent) warnings about dangerous individuals who may pose a risk to you or may potentially hurt you.

The idea is that by all working together we can keep each other as safe as possible.

Also another purpose of  the scheme is to gather as much information about the number and types of violence perpetrated against sex workers as this has never been done before. This enables us to challenge the Government and people who make the laws and lobby for actions to address the issue.

 

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