CORONAVIRUS support resources for sex workers

The current climate has dramatically changed the way we live, including the way we work. Many of us have had to navigate through Coronavirus to ensure optimum safety, while still getting on with our daily lives. 

The crisis has seen many marginalised groups within society impacted, none more so than sex workers. In the UK and across the globe, sex workers have faced financial hardship and other life changing difficulties. 

To help, support, and protect the rights of those working in the sex industry, we’ve compiled a list of charities and organisations that have put together Coronavirus support and safety resources for sex workers.

National Ugly Mugs (NUM) is a pioneering, national organisation which provides greater access to justice and protection for sex workers who are often targeted by dangerous individuals

National Ugly Mugs 
NUM have produced an insightful webinar providing tips and advice for sex workers during Coronavirus. If you’re looking for a work alternative, need tips on hygiene and the best practices on how to stay safe, or what risk assessments to carry out during work, this webinar will keep you informed. Further, here are some peer-led webinars.

Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement, SWARM is a group created and led by sex workers

Swarm Collective
Sex worker led collective SWARM have put together a list of resources for sex workers seeking advice on navigating the current situation with Coronavirus. Find information and support for limiting transmission risk at work, work and financial hardship, physical and mental health, and dealing with dependents.

Glasgow charity Umbrella Lane is dedicated to providing a rights-based holistic approach to the needs and rights of sex workers

Umbrella Lane
Sex work charity Umbrella Lane have produced a helpful resources guide offering various types of support for sex workers in Scotland. We recommend this guide for anyone seeking mental support, emergency grants and funds, tips on keeping occupied during Coronavirus, and advice on how to handle being infected by Coronavirus.

Oasis Project

Oasis Project

Brighton-based Oasis Project are supporting sex workers who are facing financial hardship, health concerns, domestic issues and drug and alcohol addiction during Coronavirus. They are also providing advice for those continuing to meet clients as well as PPE and sexual health testing kits.

Safe IQ Ugly Mugs

Safe IQ Ugly Mugs
If you’re a sex worker based in Ireland and would like health information to apply for an emergency fund or social welfare, sex work technology initiative Safe IQ Ugly Mugs can help. 

More information can be found here.

International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE)

ICRSE have compiled a guide to emergency funds across Europe that provide food and shelter for sex workers impacted by Coronavirus.  See how you can get financial support and basic necessities here.

Women's Aid

Women’s Aid 
Are you isolating in a house with an abusive person? Women’s Aid provides safety and support resources for survivors, friends, family, neighbours and community members. From live chats to online support services, see how you can get help here.