The World Health Organisation defines sex work as “the provision of sexual services for money or goods”(WHO, Overs 2002).
Recent research, The Student Sex Work Project (2015) highlighted that rising costs of University fees and associated living expenses are seeing increasing numbers of students entering the sex industry reporting almost 5% of students had worked within it and 20% considered it.
The selling of sex is legal in England and Wales, however some activities around the exchange of sex for money or goods are criminalised. More information about what is and is not legal can be found here.
Below we include details of various local and national services that provide support and advice for sex workers.
C-Card is a plastic card that gives anyone quick and easy access to free condoms from a range of venues. It is a confidential service which also offers information and advice about sexual health and relationships.
You can get free condoms using your card anywhere you see the C-Card logo.
Registration takes about 10 minutes. Once the C-Card is issued, you will be entitled to free condom and information packs from any participating distribution point.
Click here to find your nearest registration and/or distribution point.
This is an NHS service, delivered by student volunteers.
Opening Hours: * More details on signing up will be posted soon*
Location: Reception and Advice Service, First Floor of the Students' Union (Percy Gee Building)
Free & Confidential Drop-In Clinic regarding sexual health and guidance. (For Under 25’s)
Opening Hours: Tuesdays, 10:00am to 12:30pm (term-time only)
Phone: 0300 124 0102 – 0800 318 908
Location: Mezzanine floor in the Charles Wilson Building
Project within Loughborough supporting sex workers with drop-ins and basic needs.
Opening hours: Wednesdays 10am-2pm, Fridays 2pm-6pm, Sundays 4pm-8pm
Location: Location: 53-55 Queens Road, Loughborough
Free, confidential therapeutic services for women and girls who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or sexual violence recently or in the past.
Phone: 0116 255 8852
Postal Address: Leicester Rape Crisis, PO Box 10158
Leicester City Sexual Health Clinic
National Ugly Mugs (NUM)
Reporting scheme to help protect people involved in sex work from violent and abusive individuals. Their mission is to end violence against sex work.
Free and subsidised emotional support and professional therapy for adult industry performers.
Student Sex Work Project
Aims to generate new learning regarding student sex work and highlight the need for policy, guidance and training.
SWARM (Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement)
A collective founded and led by sex workers who campaign for the rights and safety of all who sell sexual services.