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Here are some tips to think about when you are working.

Before Working:

  • Have you told someone where you are working and when you expect to be back?
  • Have you got your mobile phone and is it charged with credit?
  • If not, have you got some change to make a call?
  • Are you rested?  Do you feel alert? 
  • Are you dressed so that you will stay warm?
  • Have you got a personal alarm?
  • Do you have condoms & lube with you?

While You’re Working:

  • Be up front about the services you’re willing to provide and prices.  Agree your services and prices clearly before getting into a car or accepting a punter
  • You may want to work in groups of two or three to look out for each other’s safety
  • Prepare excuses in advance if you do not want to go ahead
  • Know your area and prepare your escape routes
  • Don’t assume that a punter is okay just because he looks respectable – appearances can be deceptive
  • Consider carefully whether to accept a punter who seems drunk or on drugs
  • Avoid isolated areas especially if you do not know where you are
  • Try to stay dressed enough to leave or run if you need to
  • Avoid showing anyone where you keep your money
  • Keep a personal alarm somewhere easily accessible – it’s no good in the bottom of your bag or at home!
  • Drugs and alcohol affect your awareness so try to stay in control if you are using them
  • Look confident, walk tall and act assertively
  • Go with your gut instincts 

If it kicks off:

  • Try to stay calm and defuse the situation
  • Use a personal alarm to shock and disorientate an attacker for a few seconds so that you can get away  
  • You could tell the punter that someone knows where you are and is waiting for you and that if you don’t return they will call the police
  • If you’re in a car, try to make as much noise as possible – sound the horn, smash a window, attract the attention of someone passing by
  • Pretend to vomit! The instinctive reaction of the other person will be to move away giving you a few seconds to escape
  • If you shout for help, shout clear, specific instructions like ‘Call the police, I’m being attacked’.  People are more likely to respond to this
  • Don’t carry weapons that could be taken off you and used against you

If you are attacked:

  • Try to make a note of the attacker, their car and what happened
  • If possible, don’t have a wash or change your clothes as this is vital evidence
  • If you are part of a group or organisation call them as soon as possible and they will listen, support and help you decide what you want to do.  If your area is a hi member you can go to the services page and find support group in your area. 
  • You may want to report the crime to the Police or you may want to report anonymously through the Work Safe scheme.  Information you share with the will be confidential and you do not even have to provide your name if you don’t want to

Using your mobile phone as a safety tool

Mobile phones provide different tools; some provide torches with SOS flashing lights.  You can use this to attract attention if you find yourself in trouble. 
Check out what you have on your phone and create short cuts so you can activate them quickly.  

You can also use your camera on your phone to record number plates on cars if you need to.
If you find an innovative way of using your phone that others would benefit from, let the team at hi know by contacting roweena@hiwecanhelp.com .

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