13 Safety Tips for female companions – Stay Safe

Nature of the career

There is no question that being an escort or sex worker can be a dangerous occupation according to the statistics.  That simply comes with the territory. However, there are steps a person can take to minimize the risks involved in that industry.

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Safety measures

Before you even meet a client, you can put some security measures into place. First and foremost, make sure someone else knows where you’re going.  It’s even better if you can give them the name of the person you’re meeting, or what time you’ll be back. That way, if something does happen, there’s at least one person out there who knows something, and a search can be started.

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Carry a phone – Give info to a trusted person

Every person who works in this industry should carry a cell phone and keep the number of a trusted person on speed dial. Speed dial allows you to make a call with just the touch of one button in an emergency.  It’s also a good idea to carry a personal safety alarm or whistle, somewhere you can easily reach in a hurry. For the ladies, do not just stash the alarm or whistle in the bottom of your purse. The alarm won’t be of any help if it can’t be found immediately.

Not under influence of alcohol

Do not work with clients while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This field is already dangerous. There’s no need to increase the risks. Alcohol and drugs can affect your judgment, and you might take risks that you wouldn’t take while sober. You need to be thinking clearly to make decisions to ensure your own safety.

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Learn about the area – Be strong and confident

Learn as much as you can about the area where you’ll be working. Know the busy streets and the isolated streets.  Study maps and learn your way around the area. It’s safest to work in busy areas that are well-lit, and it’s safer still to work with at least one other person.  If you have to work alone, you need to give off the image of being strong and confident. People who appear confident are less likely to be attacked.  When walking, try to keep at least one arm free at all times, so you can defend yourself if necessary.

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Carry a phone – Give info to a trusted person

When you meet with your client, take a good look at the surroundings. Look for the exits, and plan an escape route out of the area, should one become necessary.  Try to orient yourself so that nothing is between you and the exit path.  Never accept unknown food or drink from a client.  There’s no way to know if the food or drink has been spiked with a drug of some kind.  Before you get into a car with a client, make a note of the license on the car, and feel free to let the client know that you’re noting the registration. As an added precaution, send that info to your trusted person.

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Keen an eye

Perhaps the most important safety tip is to keep a very watchful eye on your client.  Know where the client’s hands are at all times.  It’s easy for a client to produce a weapon if you’re unaware of what the client is doing.  Make sure your client is alone, unless you have previously agreed to the involvement of other people.  It’s very easy for two or more people to overpower a single person.

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Clothing

Try not to fully undress. Keep as much clothing on as possible. It’s important to not waste time getting dressed or putting on shoes if you need to escape the situation quickly.  Avoid wearing large hoop or dangly earrings, as those can be used to grab onto you.  A scarf is another item of clothing to avoid wearing, along with necklaces. Both can be used to choke a woman.  Take care when selecting your choice of purse, if you carry one, for the same reason.

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Trust your instincts

Lastly, trust your instincts. No matter how respectable a client looks, if there’s something that seems “off” about the situation, pay attention to that feeling.  That feeling may very well save your life.  Sex workers, possibly more than any other type of worker, must pay attention to their gut feelings. If a situation feels wrong, it probably is.

The occupation of a sex worker will never be a safe job. However, with these safety precautions in place, the risks to workers can be reduced.

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