Section 1.

Occupational Health and Safety Information

Sex Work and the Law

Sex work in Canada is subject to a complex set of laws. Selling sex is decriminalized but clients purchasing our services is illegal. This means that being a sex worker and selling sexual services is NOT illegal but many things around sex work are illegal including buying our sexual services.

This is known as the “Nordic Model” of policing sex work or Bill C-36 in Canada.

It is also illegal to run a massage parlour or brothel and profit from the sex work of others. It is illegal to run ads for sex workers, it is illegal to work as a sex worker near a school, church or park and it is illegal for migrants or international visitors to Canada to work as sex workers while on a visitors, refugee or student visa.

Enforcement is different in areas across Canada with some enforcing aggressively and some not enforcing at all. Some areas have municipal licensing processes for sex workers and others do not.

Not only the Criminal Code applies to sex work. Most cities and provinces have by-laws and regulations which govern our industry. Some cities charge high fees to sex workers for licensing and have mandatory “training sessions” before licenses will be granted. Labor law, human rights law, privacy law, immigration law and city by-laws all have an impact on our industry.

If you are experiencing police or municipal inspector intervention or harassment in any region of Canada please contact The Naked Truth Support Team for support. It can be frightening and we understand what you are going through.

Most provinces have regulations about the age at which a person may enter into a contract. Most work for a sex industry business is contract based and not formal employment in the traditional sense.

Legal Age for Sex Work

Generally a person must be 19 years old to enter into a contract and as such you must be 19 years old to work in the sex industry in Canada. Employers will ask to see your ID as proof of your age being over 19 years. This is a normal practice and is to prove the employer did their due diligence before entering into a work contract with you.

Crimes against Sex Workers

Just because you are a sex worker does not mean police will not investigate crimes against you. You are still a citizen and a human being. It can sometimes be frustrating trying to find justice or being interviewed by police. Remember, try to stay calm. Police are often uninformed about who sex workers are and the realities of our lives.

If you have been the victim of a crime and need support or assistance in reporting, finding counselling or just want to talk, please contact the Naked Truth Support Team and we will help in anyway we can.

You can also access support through local sex worker organizations or Victim’s Services. Contact us and we will work to connect you to resources in your area.

What crimes against sex workers will Police investigate?

  • Assault
  • Murder
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Assault
  • Robbery
  • Fraud
  • Human Trafficking
  • Unlawful confinement
  • Kidnapping
  • Harassment

These are only a few examples of crimes against sex workers which police are obligated to investigate. Any crime involving a non-sex working person which would be investigated, should be investigated when it happens to you.

Due to the criminalization of sex work and lack of knowledge among police services about crimes against sex workers, police response will vary from place to place. If you are having trouble reporting a crime or with police response, please contact The Naked Truth Support Team for support. We will work to ensure police take your report seriously.

Youth at Risk or in the Sex Industry

The mainstream community’s main concern is about the exploitation of youth or any person in the sex industry. Youth engage in sex work for many reasons not the least of which is the failure of the foster care system.

It can be difficult to know what to do when you encounter a youth in the sex industry and even harder to have to turn them away from employment or report them to police.

It is illegal in Canada to NOT report when you witness a youth who is at risk or being exploited.

If you do witness a youth at risk or who is being exploited and are uncomfortable with reporting to police, please contact the Naked Truth Support Team and we will take your report.

You can also give our contact information to a youth at risk and we can work to ensure they know we are here to protect them and want to ensure they are safe.

No one supports the exploitation of youth or any person in our industry.

In the end, it is our goal to connect youth to resources and ensure they have information to protect their health and safety. Police intervention is not always the best approach so we will endeavour where ever possible to ensure that young people have the tools to make safe decisions and know who to call if they are in trouble or experiencing exploitation.

Vancouver and British Columbia

In Vancouver BC, sex workers worked hard to create a relationship with the Vancouver Police. Multiple presentations as a delegation to the Police Board and a sex work specific committee known as the Sex Industry Workers Safety Action Group finally resulted in a VPD policy of non-enforcement. In the city, “adult consensual sex work activities” have been deemed “not a priority” by the police and there has not been an arrest of a sex worker for sex work related charges in over a decade. The police instead are focused on crimes against sex workers such as exploitation, robbery, assault and trafficking.

The VPD style of “lowest level of enforcement” or non enforcement has been adopted across the entire province of BC. 45 Police Services and the E-Division of the RCMP have all signed on to this non- enforcement style as a result of the positive impacts we are able to see emerging in Vancouver.


This being a relatively new policy among police means there are still issues in cases where police officers do not understand the “spirit” of the guidelines. The “spirit” was to protect sex workers and move away from “nuisance” based or broad enforcement against the sex industry in general.

If you have questions or concerns about contacting police or have had an interaction with police which has been negative or left you feeling like you weren’t believed or were treated badly, please contact the The Naked Truth Support Team. We will try to address the issue with the police on your behalf. Even if you do not want to address the issue with police directly, please report any issues to us so we can use your experiences in broad actions designed to ensure police treat sex workers fairly when we interact with them.

There are ways to report which don’t involve actually speaking to police;

  • Call “Crime Stoppers” and report anonymously
  • Report to a sex worker support agency or victims’ services agency and share information to alert other sex workers.
  • Report to the Naked Truth Support Team

Choose whatever method of reporting you are comfortable with. The main thing IS to report, all of our safety depends on it!

What can you expect if you encounter police?

Many people, including police officers, believe we are all pimped, trafficked, on drugs, and victims with no choice in what we do. They believe we are too degraded and exploited to even speak for ourselves, regardless of whether we are workers on the street, high-end escorts, exotic dancers, or adult performers. The same is true of sex industry business owners and consumers, in the stigma that casts us all.

In a police raid there will often be no warning. Police will enter the premises on high alert. In exotic show lounges, this is done by a show of force through great numbers of officers in uniform and carrying guns entering as a group and intimidating everyone present. In a raid of a micro brothel or massage parlour, it is a step up to where doors are kicked in, guns drawn, everyone is put on the floor and hand cuffed.

Supports are seldom provided and for the most part workers are treated like criminals.

These are standard operating procedures for Police Services and are intended to protect police from unseen threats such as guns or other weapons during an operation. Police, as most of Canadian society, believe all sex industry community members are forced into working and so, they also believe officers will be at risk during raids as a result of organized crime involvement.

These can be extremely frightening experiences and can lead to emotional trauma for sex industry workers who are raided.

Remember you have rights!

Try to relax and not get angry, further complicating your situation. Free legal advice can be found in any region of Canada so say nothing and call a lawyer!

If you are incarcerated as a result of your arrest, remember once again that prison employees see you as on drugs, forced, exploited etc. Prison employees may try to give you medication such as methadone, which could be harmful if you don’t need it. Be sure of any medication you are given and remember you have the right to refuse it. Being incarcerated can be extremely frustrating; but once again, try to keep your cool to prevent further complicating your situation.

Human Rights and Labour Law

Human rights and labour law apply to all people whether you are sex worker or not. Human Rights* legislation provides protection, procedures and remedies for those who have experienced discrimination and harassment. Discrimination is any differential treatment, whether in the form of harassment, unequal pay for the same or similar work, hate propaganda etc. It is when an individual, or group of people, have been singled out and treated negatively or deferentially than others due to group characteristics such as race, colour, religious belief or sexual orientation.

In Canada there is both federal (Canadian Human Rights Act) and provincial ( as an example British Columbia Human Rights Code) human rights legislation. Their application depends on which level of government regulates a specific area. This means protection from discrimination and harassment in the public (not private) legal areas of our lives, including:

  • employment (including recruitment, hiring, job assignment, termination, pay rates, conditions of work and termination)
  • membership in trade unions and occupational or professional associations
  • services and facilities that are customarily available to the public
  • purchase of property
  • tenancy
  • hate propaganda (including any publication or display of any notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that is not private and is likely to expose a person or group to hatred or contempt)

Human rights claims can be made regarding employment that is legal in nature. Escort services, dating services, massage parlours, health enhancement centres and body-rub parlours are legal in nature and subject to city by-laws.

Under the Canadian Human Rights Act, the group characteristics that are protected from discrimination (grounds of discrimination) are:

  • race
  • national or ethnic origin
  • colour
  • religion
  • age
  • sex (including sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and transgender discrimination)
  • sexual orientation
  • marital status and family status
  • disability
  • conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted.

In BC, under our legislation, the group characteristic that is protected depends on the area of protection. The protected areas are:

  • employment
  • public services & accommodation
  • purchase of property
  • tenancy

In order to file a human rights complaint, there must be:

  1. adverse differential treatment, such as discrimination or harassment, taking place
  2. a connection between this treatment and a protected ground of discrimination listed in the legislation
  3. discrimination occurring in a public arena listed in the legislation

While sex workers rights are not always recognized, there are aspects of these codes which definitely apply to our industry. Sexual harassment, for example; If a potential employer asks you for sex in exchange for employment, that is illegal.

Sex Work and Safety

There many ways to protect yourself while working in the sex industry. There are also ways you can protect your fellow workers and clients from risks to their safety by following some basic principles.

We all have a responsibility to work towards a safe industry for all who take part.

Here are some quotes and advice from your fellow sex workers;

Don’t work desperate, if you can help it. Somehow all my bad dates happened when I was really desperate for money.”

“Be sure of yourself and strong. You attract what you give off. Act weak and the predators come.”

“TRUST YOUR GUT. If it says “suspicion” or “danger” – get the hell out of there fast.”

“Don’t accept drinks from clients unless you watched them being poured and are sure they’ve not been spiked.”

“Always get your money up front. Once the client finishes the sex act (or the dance is over, etc) they may no longer be willing to pay.”

“Hide your money in your boot but make it appear you put it somewhere else like your purse. Or you could hide the money in a drawer or behind the mirror while the client is busy getting naked. The client will sometimes attempt to take the money back after the session is over.”

“Stilettos are a weapon – kick like crazy!”

“If possible, get security to walk you out when you’re leaving a work space – this will protect you from being robbed or worse.”

“Present a strong front. They can sense fear and weakness.”

“Being louder and more obnoxious than the customer was effective in stopping unwanted behaviours. Threatening violence always shut them up fast too.”


“Take a self defence course and learn de-escalation techniques.

Weapons

While it may seem like a good idea to carry a weapon for self defence, it actually can be very dangerous for you. If you are being attacked and try to use your weapon, your attacker could seize your weapon and use it on you!

And chemicals weapons like MACE when used in a closed in or “close” environment can hit you as you are deploying them!

When ever possible try to use a security guard or “check in” process with a friend, colleague or agency to protect yourself and avoid giving any potential attackers access to a weapon they could use on you.

Pimps and Exploiters

If you are being pimped or exploited in a way that is abusive or controlling or involves trafficking, and want to leave your “man” (pimp family/ trafficker), it can be difficult and dangerous. You may have to return to work in a place where you will be found, harassed, or recaptured. Pimps have been known to do all kinds of things to workers when the try to leave, such as:

  • Physical beatings.
  • Cutting or scarring a worker’s face.
  • Cutting a worker’s hair.
  • Holding a worker prisoner and bringing clients in for forced service.
  • Outing a worker to family and friends.
  • Stealing a worker’s clothes and possessions.
  • Waiting until a worker has made money and robbing the worker.
  • “Stripping”- Capturing a worker and removing all his or her clothes and leaving the worker somewhere public to be humiliated.

You may be tempted to “choose” another pimp or pimp family when you need to leave an exploitative situation. Chances are a new pimp will not help your situation and as a former rival you may be treated even worse as retribution. Also, if you “choose” too many times you will become known as “choosy” or a “Choosy Susie.”

Remember, you are a human being with rights. If you try to leave and your pimp or pimp family/ trafficker/ exploiter will not let you go, call the police. Abuse is illegal no matter who you are and forcible confinement is a very serious crime. The police will be able to file criminal charges, restraining orders, and ensure criminal repercussions for anyone who harms you. You may experience some discrimination from police, especially in more remote areas where police services are unfamiliar with issues affecting sex workers safety. Keep your head up and don’t let them brush you off.

If you are scared and do not want to involve police, please contact the Naked Truth Support Team and we will do our best to help you create a plan to safely escape.


Street Code dictates that any involvement of police or outside authorities by an underground community member is “ratting” or being a “rat”.


Our code of honour is a result of criminalization and is important if we are to protect ourselves from enforcement action. However, in the case of abusive pimps or people who traffic in human beings,we hereby state an exception to the “do not rat” rule.
People who operate unethical sex industry businesses and pimps who make a living abusing and exploiting workers harm our entire industry. Any person who has been exploited or abused in this manner may and should involve law enforcement or outside authorities in order to protect themselves and the safety of our industry. Only when we have successfully removed all people who harm us will we be a truly stable industry.
If you are nervous about accessing police services, contact the Naked Truth Support Team, a sex worker support agency or social services worker and ask them to accompany you to file your report. Or ask a family member or friend you trust.
How to leave a pimp safely:

  • Call a local (or closest to your city) sex work organization to get referrals regarding shelter, food, and safe spaces.
  • Do not tell anyone your plan, as they may rat you out.
  • Create a safety plan which outlines your plan for escape. Prepare a place to go, arrange transportation, plan for supports, plan for protection of valuables like family heirlooms – remove them before leaving and place them somewhere safe, plan for new phone number, new ads, new sex work persona, make as many plans as possible to ease your escape. Remember, the plan is there for when you need it. You don’t have to use it but can escape if you need to.
  • Grab only what is essential, such as children, and act as though you are just going shopping or something that is part of your regular routine. Then go to a sex worker (or other) organization that can help you find a safe transition house if you have not planned for a place to go or do not have anywhere to go. You can make a plan with an organization before you escape also, that way you are sure of where you are going before you go.
  • From the transition house, you can phone family or friends. If you want to relocate to another city, the support workers at the safety transition house, or a sex worker organization can help you.
  • Try to remove yourself completely from anyone associated with your life during the time you were working for that pimp. If he finds you, there could be danger headed your way.
  • Surround yourself with good people while you transition into a new life; even if it is working for another sex industry business owner, or another industry altogether.
  • Remember that women can be pimps. It’s not just men, as most are stereotyped to be. And indoor sex workers can have abusive pimps too. There are all sorts of awful agencies that are abusive, and having a bad pimp is not limited to the streets.

Our Clients

The way we treat our clients has an impact not only on our safety but on the safety of other sex workers.

Although there are really no “typical” clients, just as there are no “typical” sex industry workers, there are some things we can tell you about your patrons.

You may wonder if sex industry patrons seek a range of sex industry services or if they tend to stick with one. This is very individual, however, six out of the seven clients who contributed to this project admitted to participating in more than one area of the industry.

Here are some ways that sex industry workers who contributed to this guide described their customers:

Lonely Customers – They feel lonely for whatever reason (estranged marriage, divorce, disability) and they want to spend time with beautiful, intelligent sex industry workers.

Regular Customers – They come around often and may spend a lot too.

White Knights – They want to rescue us because they think we’re in a bad situation; they need to feel like they’re helping.

Young Punks – Younger guys who treat sex industry workers poorly and behave in a vulgar manner.

Fetish Guys – They have fetishes. For example, they love feet and they want to buy your socks. Or they like to watch you lap dance their girlfriend.

Tourists – These clients go dungeon hopping all over the world trying out the different Dominas. They aren’t afraid to lay some money down, and you know you are getting graded and compared on your performance.

Time-wasters – Clients who call every day, and email about their fantasies all the time, but rarely book.

An escort in Vancouver describes her clients like this:

The nice ones: These are people who are looking for intimacy and companionship. Whatever they are lacking in their personal life, they hope we will help them find it.

The mean ones: These people will be mean to anyone. It just happened to be my turn that day. Since sex industry workers are at the front lines, like firemen, policemen and businesses with access open to the public, the chances for sex industry workers to meet people who lack proper people skills are higher. The chances to meet people who direct their anger and aggression towards sex industry workers also occurs. The stigma that sex industry workers are less than human and deserve less respect due to their profession is very real.

The floaters: Sometimes a person who has a distinguished façade in the world, gets into an appointment with a sex industry worker and loses all mind of gentlemanliness. Suddenly he acts like an ape. When the sex industry worker reminds him of his actions or requests respect, the gentleman can amend himself and restrain himself. Sometimes he will stay nice. Sometimes he will switch back and forth.

Treat Your Clients Well

The type of customer we get depends on where we meet them. If we are on the Internet in a higher paying site, we meet that customer. If we are under a dark bridge at four in the morning, we meet that customer. If you have an attitude like you’re going to rip off a customer or are being a bitch, the customer will reflect that attitude. We are also in their space; our energy can change the mood.”


The following tips will help you promote safe and healthy experiences with your clients, and protect other sex industry workers as well.

  • Be honest and upfront from the beginning. Let them know you aren’t looking for trouble.
  • Treat customers with the same respect you would like to be treated with.
  • Don’t rip off customers.
  • Do not lie about yourself (weight, hair colour, non-smoker, etc). Overt false advertising makes customers mad – sometimes bringing them to act violently towards their next service provider.
  • Do not steal from their home. If you want more money, raise your rates and learn new skills to provide a better service.
  • With Domination, you hear a lot of crazy requests. Try to be as non-judgemental as possible, but feel comfortable in asserting your boundaries.
  • Be careful when attempting to expand your services. If you change your mind after you’ve tried to offer something new (Greek, etc), you could get assaulted as many clients hate to be refused once in session.
  • Treat each customer the same regardless of how you feel about him or her personally.
  • Understand that the way you treat a client will have a ripple effect on the next sex industry worker and so on. Watch each other’s backs.
  • Perform what you have negotiated.
  • Treat them like people. You’re a customer service professional, your job is to provide a person with a service, not look down on him for seeking the service.
  • Respect your client’s right to privacy.
  • Engaging in fun conversation is part of the territory. This can include some personal topics and questions. Whenever you talk about something personal, be sure to include a non-intrusive comment such as “…if you don’t mind my asking”.
  • Be nice to the nice ones. If they are mean, end the session immediately.
  • Agree on a price, time, location, etc and stick to it. They don’t like surprises any more than we do.
  • Don’t humiliate them (unless that’s a part of the agreement).
  • Don’t leave marks (unless that’s a part of the agreement).
  • Always remember – you’re in charge. That means the work is on your terms and on your time. Don’t compromise your values or your safety. For example, if you have set a limit at no contact, or no GFE (Girl Friend Experience), don’t let the customer convince you to change your mind in the middle of your session.
  • Maintain healthy boundaries – they are a client, not your boyfriend or girlfriend. Respect that they have a life outside of you.
  • Do not treat clients with contempt because of their appearance, their age, their race, their penis size, or the length of time it took them to reach orgasm.
  • If you treat clients well with all your heart, they can feel it.
  • Know your own personal boundaries and communicate these clearly to your customers. Do not let customers persuade you to go beyond the boundaries you have set for yourself. Do not let other workers’ personal boundaries influence your own behaviour.
  • Do an interview to find out his interests or if he has disabilities (joint problems) before the session starts and let him know your protocol – meaning how you will behave.
  • Make sure your client has a safe word or hand movement if gagged.
  • Be personable. Sometimes they want to talk.
  • Don’t clock watch.
  • Be conscious of the cultural traditions of your clients, when possible.
  • Treat your client with honesty as far as what is consistent with the entertainment and fantasy aspects of the service.
  • Do not call them tricks or marks or other demeaning terms.

Never Rob the Clients!!!

Treating the client well can prevent a potential conflict. Robbing the clients has been proven to cause violence against sex workers. The client may not notice that you took something or stole their money but they will notice eventually. This undermines the trust relationship between sex workers and our clients and can leave the client angry, even seeking revenge.

The client may seek this revenge against the next sex worker who visits so when you do this, you are putting your fellow sex workers at risk for violence.

Client Health

Always be mindful of your clients state of mind and health. Some clients may not be healthy enough to have sex and may not tell you before you begin the session. If a client has a health emergency during the session it’s good to be prepared with a plan of action. This is where some first aid training can be of use.

For example, if a client has a heart attack ask them to lie still and breathe easy. Hold their hand and speak calmly to them. If you have an aspirin on hand, offer it to them. Then call 911 and wait for the paramedics to arrive.

Another example is client overdose. Clients may try to pressure you to obtain drugs/ narcotics for them and may pressure you to use with them. Try to observe the clients level of intoxication and monitor their state of mind. It is not really a good idea to acquire drugs for you clients. Drug selling is illegal and you could get into trouble especially if the client overdoses.

If you do use drugs with your clients, it’s a good idea to have “Naloxone Kit” on hand. If you need a kit and training for using it, contact the Naked Truth Support Team and we will connect you with an organization who will support you.

Client Screening “Anyone who does not want to use condoms or other protection, those who try to get a deal, and anyone who gets mad at YOU because THEY can’t get it up… Stay away!”


There are many ways to screen customers and protect your safety. Here are some tips from sex industry workers across Canada:

By phone:

  • When you are first learning to screen customers over the phone, you may book a lot of undesirables or no-shows. But over time, you will find it easier to be a good judge of character over the phone.
  • Don’t make appointments with blocked/private/withheld callers. Tell them to call back from an unblocked number.
  • Question them a bit and see how the energy is.
  • Listen to their tone of voice. Is the speech slurred?
  • Does the client speak to you respectfully?
  • Typically, a good client will phone to ask a few questions and book a time. If a phone call goes longer than a couple of minutes, this is usually bogus. The caller is just looking for a chat buddy. It rarely goes further than that.

Via Internet:

  • Ask them to communicate via email and keep emails on file once you’ve made the first appointment.
  • Only reply to well-written emails that at least try to sound like they are interested in seeing you specifically and aren’t just cold-calling every pro in the city to see who will give the best rate.
  • Good clients use respectful language in their emails and are more interested in booking a time than giving long-winded speeches. They might have a few specific questions. But generally, people of quality have already researched your services and do not need extensive communication.

In person:

  • Check whether or not they are under the influence by checking for slurred speech, smell of booze, and facial expressions that would indicate intoxication.
  • Weed out the good customers from the bad based on the questions they ask prior to the service. Turn away customers who ask too many questions about why a certain service is or is not allowed.
  • Check their reaction to price to see if they can really afford it.

In general:

  • Ask exactly what they want including questions like: are you interested in gentle, romantic sex or are you wanting a hard-core banging? Sometimes these conversations will lead them to disclose more about themselves, which is useful for screening.
  • Get referrals from trustworthy people.

Remember:

  • If they want to pay you really well, it might be too good to be true.
  • Different cultures view sex industry workers in varying lights.
  • Always be on guard.
  • Intuition is a powerful personal tool. It never lets you down. So listen to it always.

Sex Work and Health

As a sex worker, your body and health are your greatest assets. You need to take care of yourself to ensure you can continue to work. Threats to our health are not only from the risk of disease but also from burnout, bad diet, and high levels of stress.

A good thing to have on hand at any place of business is a first aid kit. It’s even better if some or all workers have taken a first aid course. Make sure there is always a phone nearby in case of emergencies.

To prevent many illnesses, wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Antibacterial cleansers are okay but they dry out your skin. Use clean towels and linens.

Self Care is Critical
Take time for yourself. It is easy to get “burnt out” when working in our industry. Long Shifts and on-call times can leave you exhausted, eating over processed foods and having no time for social activities.

Make sure you recognize when you are working too hard and find the time for a break. Your body, your mind, and your clients will thank you for it!!!

Diet

Buy food before anything (clothes, drugs). A full stomach helps us make safer, more logical choices.

Stay away from fast food and excess starches and desserts. Try to eat mostly fruit, veggies, and meat with a little dairy. If you like alcohol, white wine and vodka are leaner choices than beer or sugary cocktails.

Try to cook your own food as much as possible. Drink lots of water. And take vitamins.

FiberOne products are a popular and healthy choice for when you’re in a hurry. Steamed non-fat milk is a good low-calorie drink.

Bring a blender and green whole food smoothie powder on the road. Always carry oregano oil in case a flu or cold are going around.

Sleep

Try to ensure you are getting regular and adequate sleep. It not only makes you look better when you’re rested, but your body heals faster while you’re sleeping too.

Exercise

Your body needs to stretch and use its muscles. Some of your muscles are overused in sex work. Stretching not only helps ease and prevent overuse injuries, but also promotes a leaner frame, more flexibility, and increased peace of mind.

Cardio exercise promotes better circulation, stronger muscles, and increases endurance. Resistance training builds muscles, slows and even reverses the decline in muscle mass, bone density, and strength that come with aging.

Exercise is also critical to sleeping properly. You will feel better over all if you make some time to stretch and exercise.

Condom use and Sexually Transmitted Infections

All sex workers are unique and have different “boundaries” for physical contact with their clients. Some sex workers offer no contact at all such as in domination sessions where clients masturbate only, some offer only hand release and others offer full unprotected contact. These offerings and boundaries often vary from client to client as well. As an example, a client who is married but their spouse if suffering from illness or pain and cannot have sex. A client like this is unlikely to have any STI’s and sex workers may consider this when deciding what level of contact they would be willing to offer. A new client however who you do not know their lifestyle, sexual history or practices poses a greater risk of being a potential carrier.

Many sex workers offer unprotected oral sex/ blow jobs, known as BBBJ and some kissing to clients they are comfortable with but may reserve the right to refuse such service with new clients or a client whose hygiene is not sufficient.

There are many types of STIs that are widespread and can be easily transmitted through unprotected oral, vaginal and anal sex. It is in your best interest to protect yourself. To do this, using a condom is the simplest and most effective strategy.

Risks of Bareback Blow Jobs and Deep French-kissing

BBBJ: Syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea, low but possible risk for HIV (especially if you have sores in the mouth, recent tooth brushing or flossing.)

Deep French-kissing: Herpes, Possible risk for syphilis.

Risks of Analingus and/or Anal Sex

Person performing analingus can get Hepatitis A, or pick up bacteria that cause gastro-intestinal problems. Herpes and syphilis can also be transmitted to either partner this way. You can use a barrier and wash well to lower your risk of exposure.

Anal sex is a risk for HIV, Herpes, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HPV, and Hepatitis B. The person receiving (the bottom) in anal sex is at more risk for HIV. Use condoms and lots of lube to lower your risk.

Infections and How They’re Spread

Genital skin-to-skin contact: Herpes, HPV (the virus that can cause genital warts, or lead to cervical cancer), syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia

Any body part skin-to-skin: Staph, crabs, scabies

Saliva: Not many STI’s are spread by saliva. There is a very low risk of passing Hep B through saliva. It also is possible that Herpes may be transmitted by saliva. Meningitis and Mono can be passed this way, as well as the common cold, flu, and strep-throat.

Semen and vaginal fluid: HIV, Hep B

Blood: HIV, Hepatitis B and C

Airborne: Tuberculosis, colds and flu.

Condom Use and Facts

In theory, putting a condom on is simple. In practice, however it can be different. The packaging of the condom does not always open easily; you may unroll the condom on the wrong side, etc.

The best way for people who have a penis to get used to condoms, is to use a condom a few times during masturbation. The idea is not to always masturbate with a condom, but to do this a few times to give yourself a chance to get comfortable with the feel of a little bit of latex.

To use a condom correctly

  • Check the expiry date on the package of the condom. If the expiry date has passed, throw it out.
  • Check to see if there is air in the condom package. If there is no air, there is a good chance that the condom is damaged. Throw it out and take another one.
  • Open the package with care, from the middle. Do not use your teeth or scissors to open it.
  • Take the condom by the tip (closed tip). Ensure that it is on the right side: the edge to unroll needs to be on the outside.
  • You can put one or two drops of lubricant on the inside of the condom, which will make it more comfortable and increase your sensation.
  • Pinch the closed tip of the condom to let out any air before unrolling the condom on the penis. This step is very important and often neglected. If you don’t do this it can often cause a break in the condom. If there is air that stays in the tip of the condom, the condom can burst.
  • If you are not circumcised, pull back the skin that covers the head of the penis until the penis head is well exposed.
  • Put the condom on the head of the penis, while still pinching the tip of the condom, and slowly unroll the condom to the base of the penis.
  • If you think you have done it wrong, take the condom off and start with a fresh and new one.
  • Use water-based lubricant on the outside of the condom for vaginal and anal penetration. This will cause less friction and reduce the risk of the condom breaking. And it feels really good.
  • After having ejaculated, pull out immediately (slowly). Hold the condom at the base of the penis (the round side) while pulling out to ensure that it doesn’t fall off in your partner’s vagina or anus. And pay attention so that nothing spills out while you are taking it off.

Best Practices from Worker’s Across Canada

  • Using a condom will allow you to explore your sexuality without worry and totally let yourself go. It also creates less mess.
  • Do not keep condoms in your pockets, your wallet or other places where there is risk of movement or heat exposure that may result in damage
  • Pay attention to rings, nails, and body piercings while you handle a condom.
  • Never use a condom twice.
  • Do not use one condom on top of another. This can cause friction and increase the risk of breakage.
  • Non-lubricated condoms and flavoured fruit or mint condoms are ideal for oral sex.
  • If you use non-lubricated condoms for penetration, put a water-based lubricant on the outside.
  • Do not use fruit or mint-flavoured condoms for vaginal or anal sex; the flavouring they contain may cause irritation.
  • Oil-based lubricants can seriously damage condoms and should not be used. Also, DO NOT use the following oil-based products as lubricants: Vaseline, topical creams, kitchen oil, massage oils, and hand creams.
  • The base of the penis is wider than the top, so a condom can roll up. To prevent rolling up, use a cock ring over the condom at the base of the penis. If a cock ring is not available, you can also break another condom and leave it rolled up, then use it as a cock ring.
  • Use lube on the outside of condom and a tiny bit in the tip on the inside to prevent the condom from breaking. Too much lube on the inside of the condom can cause it to slide off.
  • The oil in lipstick can weaken a condom.
  • When applying the condom, do a visual exam of other person (discreetly)- do while playing, as foreplay.

In the end, you will choose the best methods for protecting your safety, You will choose what works for you. If you need any help designing a safety strategy or if you have questions about any of this information, please feel free to contact The Naked Truth Support Team and we will do our best to answer any question you have.

Our Community

Our Community is made up of diverse people. Diverse in race, background, religion, experiences, gender and location in our industry. Some people work on the street, others in massage parlours and some as independent sex workers. There is sex work in adult film, “cam work,” dungeons, exotic dancing and hustling.

Interacting with other sex workers can present some challenges. Most are friendly, stable and willing to share information with you but sometimes mental health, addiction, trauma and other issues can present problems.

Be careful who you let into your life. Even when you have the best intentions and want to help someone, they may turn on you or try to harm you in some way.

When meeting a fellow sex worker for the first time, do it somewhere outside of your home. Meet for coffee or go for a walk together. This way you can get a sense of who they are and whether they are safe to have in your life.

If you do have problems with a fellow sex worker and are unsure what to do, please contact the Naked Truth Support team and we can help you to work out a strategy which respects your safety and privacy.

The Outsiders

We also have a responsibility as community members to ensure the community around us is safe for residents and other businesses. Many complaints about sex industry businesses are a result of sex in public (on street sex workers), noise, late night visits, inappropriate attire in and around the business and high levels of traffic to business locations.

Conflicts with “outsiders” can lead to disastrous results including complaints to police, arrest, complaints to your landlord, loss of your home, targeted hate crimes if people know you are a sex worker and in some cases violence.

There are ways to prevent conflict however and a few simple strategies to protect your confidentiality can go a long way towards ensuring you are not targeted as a sex worker.

Being Discreet

Here are some tips to help you keep your business discreet and consistent, without drawing the wrath of your neighbours or other community members.

  • Don’t keep clients waiting in halls, lobbies, or in front of the building. Clients appreciate discretion, and this can also help prevent neighbours from calling the vice squad.
  • Keep windows and drapes closed, to avoid offending others with visuals or noise pertaining to sex work. Keep the volume reasonable to help prevent police calls or neighbour complaints.
  • Don’t discuss session activities or money with clients outside your home where the community and public can hear you.
  • Don’t wear a lot of make-up or dress sexy when going to an appointment. This cuts back on attention from civilians and allows you to travel more discreetly. Pack make-up, clothes, and make-up remover. When you arrive, immediately excuse yourself and go to the washroom and apply more makeup. Before leaving, wipe the extra make-up off.
  • Your home is your fortress. Do not party there. Keeping your home private and discreet is key because noisy tenants draw attention. Being a noisy, problem tenant can lead to eviction and force you to move your business location. This will cost you income and some of your regular clientele.
  • Don’t get too close to your neighbours. A connection with a neighbour can quickly become complicated and end up compromising your privacy. For example, if a fellow tenant discovers your occupation, he or she may be frightened or offended, which can also lead to eviction and loss of income.

Remember, if you respect your neighbours they will, for the most, part respect you too!!

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