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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - what are the implications for sex work?

UPDATE 15/3/2020

Anyone who has switched on the radio or television over the last 24-48 hours will be aware that the UK Government has announced some further controls on large gatherings - this has affected, for example, football matches. Other sports have voluntarily postponed big events for an indefinite period. These measures have been introduced to try to slow down the spread of COVID-19, which is now widespread across the UK. Self isolation for a period of 7-days for anyone displaying symptoms of a potential COVID-19 infection is now also a requirement in the UK.

From looking at social media it appears that concern about COVID-19 is also affecting the sex industry, with the cancellation of club nights and gangbangs now apparent, and many SWers in the UK reporting that they are having a quiet period. However, whilst there will be some risk associated with seeing a Sex Worker, or attending a party, we feel that there are some fairly simple precautions we think will minimise the potential risk to everyone involved in the industry.

Simple screening techniques are now widespread across business and commerce, including business working with the public. Many organisations are displaying posters at point of entry, asking screening questions and asking people to refrain from entering the premises if they may be showing signs of COVID-19 (high temperature, dry cough, etc). Other business are pre-screening indivduals prior to allowing them to enter their premises. These measures protect employees of the individual organisation from exposure to the virus.

Note : all the information presented below applies to normally healthy individuals - anyone in a high risk group, for example the elderly, or those with an underlying medical condition(s) which may make them more vulnerable is advised to take a much more precautionary approach.

As previously stated, we're not medical professionals, so don't take this as professional endorsement of ongoing attendance at parties etc, howeve, a little common sense can be applied.


Precautions for sex workers (note, this advice is largely repeated from our post on the 12/3/2020)


GOV.UK ESA website


Precautions for clients

Clients should be mindful that should they infect a SWer with COVID19, they will be unable to work and will suffer direct financial hardship as a result!!

  • Clients should not arrange to see sex workers if they have symptoms of a cold

  • Clients should maintain a high standard of personal hygiene, and be prepared to wash/shower thoroughly as requested

  • Clients should respect any additional boundaries that a SWer may have implemented - they may restrict kissing for example




  • Precautions for gangbang/party organisers




    Precautions for party goers



    Disclaimer

    Needless to say, nothing on this webpage should be taken as professional medical or legal advice regarding Coronavirus, health issues, or anything else for that matter. If you have any questions please seek advice from official channels, including NHS 111, UK Gov website, medical professionals (but try not to bother these unless you're actually ill!)



    12/3/2020

    Given the recent increase in the number of Coronavirus cases (and deaths) in the UK, we thought we'd try to pull together in one place any interesting and pertinent information on the illness, with a particular focus on sexwork.

    From our own observations it seems likely that the impact of Coronavirus will be felt in the sex work sector in a few different ways :


    Some good advice on how to minimise risk and mitigate potential losses can be found in the first article below.

    Interesting articles regarding Coronavirus and/or sex work

    Below you can find some interesting articles regarding Coronavirus and the potential implications for sex work. We'll add more to this list as we come across them


    Corona-virus: What Sexworkers (and everyone else) should be aware of now


    This well written article is well worth a read, and though it is slightly German-centric, it contains a well balanced discussion of both the direct impacts of the illness on individuals, alongside consideration of the specific impact of the illness on sexwork and sexworkers.

    The recommendations of the author are that sex-workers should :



    Letter from a Toronto infectious diseases specialist


    This article from an infectious diseases specialist tries to put the current outbreak into perspective - it's worth a read though it isn't aimed specifically at sex-workers.


    General Ramblings


    It would be remiss of us not to provide a link to the latest UK Government advice on Coronavirus, which you can find here : UK Government Official Coronavirus Advice

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    Disclaimer

    Needless to say, nothing on this webpage should be taken as professional medical or legal advice regarding Coronavirus, health issues, or anything else for that matter. If you have any questions please seek advice from official channels, including NHS 111, UK Gov website, medical professionals (but try not to bother these unless you're actually ill!)

    In particular - Please don't panic buy, especially toilet rolls!

    Though we understand that the real reason that there's a loo roll shortage is that everytime somebody sneezes, everybody that hears them shits theirselves :) thanks we're available for weddings, funerals and bar mitvahs on request :)