In this update:
Harm Reduction for Adult Film Actresses, by Alex Foxe and Jacklyn Lick
* If you have never heard of the company call someone you know in the business and ask about them.
* If it doesn’t feel right don’t do it. The money is never worth it in the long run.
* If you are in pain stop the scene! Take the director off the set and tell him/her what is wrong. Continue reading
In this SWOP-NOLA Update:
SEXWORK HARM REDUCTION TIPS
Adapted from “Tricks of the Trade” by L. Synn Stern-
Leslie Peterson, PBDL 12/07
• 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 one another. Never let the client know you are alone. Let them think 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.
• Carry a small bag with the essentials: condoms, lube, hand wipes and extra change of clothes for emergencies.
• Shoes should come off easily or be appropriate for running in
• Never carry a lot of money, or else hide money in a place other than a handbag—your shoe, your stocking, inside pocket, your sleeve…
• Walk against traffic, not with it
• The further from the stroll you get with a customer, the harder it becomes to turn him down. If he gives you a bad feeling on the stroll (your territory) It will get worse once you’re in the car (his territory).
• Stand where you can be seen and where you have good, glare-free vision of the stroll and approaching cars.
• Stash keys and other important personal items where they will be accessible and safe –keeping them in your pockets or purse makes them available to customers who want to rob you.
• If dancing in a club, always have a bouncer walk you to your car.
• If accepting drinks from clients, always make sure you watch it being made and do not let it out of your sight.
• Never accept food or drink from a client, unless you have seen him indulge in it first.
• “Act as if.” Always pretend to have security, wealth, health and calm.
Sex Worker Violence Prevention
by North Carolina Harm Reduction
North Carolinians, 11 current and former sex workers and/or advocates, share their experience with the common goal of raising awareness about and reducing violence perpetrated against sex workers. Sex workers often do not report crimes committed against them because they do not want to incriminate themselves; criminalization of sex work protects the perpetrators. What types of violence do sex workers experience? What can sex workers do to avoid violence? What else can be done to make sex work safer? The North Carolina Bad Date Line, created by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (nchrc.org,) allows sex workers to anonymously report crime against them to help each other stay safer.
The producer, interviewer, photographer, videographer and editor is Hadley Gustafson; additional interviews were performed by Tessie Castillo and Robert Childs. 2012.
RESOURCES: For more sex worker violence prevention tips, see pdxswoc.net/pbdl.html. For the North Carolina Bad Date Line, call (336) 543-8050, email firstname.lastname@example.org, check the Twitter feed @ncbaddateline, or see the Facebook group,tinyurl.com/86s6hcl. For the National Blacklist’s Raleigh page, see nationalblacklist.com/raleigh.aspx.