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Sex worker safety

North Yorkshire Police is committed to working with partners to safeguard sex workers, minimise harm and prevent crime committed against them.


Sex workers are targeted by dangerous individuals who are often serial sexual predators who pose a huge risk to the public as a whole.

This page seeks to inform those who work in the sex industry about what do if they are a victim of crime and also what support is available for them if they are reluctant to report these incidents to the police.

It also provides information about local and national services that can offer support to sex workers.

North Yorkshire Police follows the National Police Chiefs Council’s (NPCC) Sex Work and Prostitution guidance.

This guidance states that: “it is clear that some sex workers are targeted because of their occupation and these offences should be treated as hate crimes.” 

In October 2019, North Yorkshire Police formally adopted crimes against sex workers being dealt with under the NYP Hate Crime Policy and Procedure.

If you work in the sex industry:

  • You have the right to feel safe and secure
  • We will respect your privacy and confidentiality
  • We will treat you with dignity and respect
  • We will support you if you want to provide information to the police and/or report a crime

If you are a victim of crime

Contact us in confidence

In a non-emergency you can contact North Yorkshire Police in confidence on 07741 174 737 or 01609 642 891 and leave a secure voice message or email swa@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

In an emergency

If you, or someone you know, is in danger always dial 999.

For further advice about reporting crime to the police visit The National Ugly Mugs website ‘police and courts’ page by clicking here.


If you do not wish to speak to the police

  • National Ugly Mugs

National Ugly Mugs is an independent charity whose mission is ending violence against sex workers. You can report crimes to them, receive safety warnings, get advice and support and be signposted to local services.

Membership is free and you can join through their website by clicking here. Once you are a member you can make a report online by clicking here and submitting it to them electronically via the website.  As a member you can also receive warnings allowing you to avoid potentially dangerous individuals and situations. If you need guidance or have any questions you can phone them on 0161 629 9861 or email them at admin@uglymugs.org  Their normal office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

For more information visit:  www.uglymugs.org


  • Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that gives you the power to speak up to stop crime, 100% anonymously. They are not the police.

Give them information anonymously on 0800 555111 or via their online reporting tool by clicking here. Your anonymity is 100% guaranteed. They are not interested in who you are, only what you know so the more detail you give them the better.

For more information visit: crimestoppers-uk.org


Essential tips

Read our essential tips for staying safe while working.


Key contacts

Visit our key contacts page for further details about what help, advice or support is available if you need it.