Sex workers reveal they’ve continued to travel hundreds of miles to meet clients despite the lockdown – as one claims she’s being paid more and stays safe by ‘sanitising from head to toe’
- Sex workers spoke anonymously to the BBC about working during lockdown
- Said they have travelled across the UK to meet clients at home and work
- One has reduced fees by two thirds and another sanitises ‘from head to toe’
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Sex workers have revealed how they have continued to see clients during the coronavirus lockdown.
Speaking anonymously to BBC reporter Jonathan Gibson, male and female sex workers told how they have travelled across the UK in recent weeks to visit clients at home and in their offices.
Meanwhile ‘review’ sections on websites listing sex workers’ services include posts from clients in the seven weeks since government restrictions were put in place.
Male and female sex workers told how they have travelled across the UK in recent weeks to visit clients at home and in their offices. Stock image
It comes after campaign groups including the English Collective of Prostitutes explained the majority of sex workers are mothers and have continued to work despite the risk because they need to support their family and have no alternative income.
Other groups, including Ugly Mugs, have warned sex workers are at greater risk of contracting other infections but are not seeking medical attention because of the ongoing crisis.
One woman from Birmingham, identified only as Tiffany, told the BBC she had travelled as far as Bristol and Northampton to see clients during the lockdown.
Asked whether she was concerned about the risk of contracting COVID-19 while in a stranger’s home, she replied: ‘No, because I sanitise myself from head to toe.
‘My friend works for the NHS anyway, she’s on the front line, and she tells me what I can and cannot do.’
One woman from Birmingham, identified only as Tiffany, told the BBC she had travelled as far as Bristol and Northampton to see clients during the lockdown. Stock image
Tiffany added that clients have been willing to pay her more for her services during lockdown, although she did not disclose how much.
However it was the opposite story for a male sex worker, who told how he has been forced to cut his fees by two thirds in the hope of attracting clients.
‘If it’s just an hour it’s £40,’ he said, ‘reduced because of COVID-19. Usually I’m £120 an hour.’
Another woman, who is six months pregnant, said she chose to continue because she ‘needs the money’.
It comes after activist group the English Collective of Prostitutes, made up of current and former sex workers, revealed sex workers are putting themselves at risk because they have no alternative income during lockdown.
A spokesperson told Euronews: ‘Nobody wants to go on working, of course, but without access to financial support, some are forced to continue working outside, meeting clients, and putting themselves at risk of contracting and spreading coronavirus.
‘With the lockdown measures in place, many sex workers have lost almost all of their clients.’
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