Important Information for Sex Workers

To get support locally, contact the Sex Workers Action Program (SWAP) Hamilton by email (SWAPHamilton@gmail.com) or by messaging through Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SWAPHamilton/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/swaphamilton).

The following tips have been adapted from “Sex Work COVID-19: Guidelines for Sex Workers, Clients, Third Parties, and Allies” by Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network and Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or have travelled outside of the country, stay home and call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Tips for Sex Workers

  1. Avoid in person sex work when possible. Text, call, or cam your sessions when and if you can. 
  2. If you are not able to avoid in person sex work because of privacy concerns or no access to technology and resources, practise harm reduction.
  3. Do not hug or kiss colleagues. If possible, decline clients who have cold symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with symptoms, have had exposure to anyone who has tested positive, are from outside of Canada, or who have recently travelled (if you can).
  4. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer between each client, when you come in from outside, change locations, or touch money.
  5. Tell clients to wash their hands and face with soap and water before contact. If there is no regular access to facilities with soap and water, carry hand sanitizer and require clients to use it.
  6. Keep tissues on hand that can be provided if the client is sneezing or coughing. Avoid making contact with the tissues, and ensure they are disposed of promptly. If you make contact with any tissues, wash your hands immediately.
  7. Avoid kissing, saliva exchange, mouth contact on skin, as well as putting objects in your mouth (including your fingers) that have touched the client. Offer alternative services instead of kissing and direct contact.
  8. Avoid direct contact with bodily fluids. Use condoms, dental dams, and gloves.
  9. After an appointment, disinfect work surfaces and anything that was used.
  10. Avoid sharing dishes and cutlery.