Trans sex workers in the UK: security, services and safety

Mary Laing, Del Campbell, Matthew Jones, Angelika Strohmayer

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Although policy, debate and academic discourse around sex work has become increasingly gender nuanced, with calls to ‘queer’ sex work over past 10 years or so, UK-based trans sex workers remain largely invisible in this body of work. This chapter seeks to outline the extant knowledge on trans sex workers and sex work in the UK with a focus on security, services and safety. Starting with an academic overview, we explore the existing knowledge base specifically on the policing and security risks faced by trans sex workers – acknowledging the myriad and complex issues often faced by, or experienced by trans sex workers in the context of gender, sexualities and stigma. Following this, we reflect on the expert knowledge of practitioners offering front line services to trans sex workers, and consider the potential and varied service needs of trans people in the context of sex work. Finally, we consider safety through an analysis of data from the National Ugly Mugs – an organisation seeking to reduce and tackle violence against sex workers by providing a national reporting and alert system – and discuss reports of violence and criminality made by trans sex workers. To conclude we make some recommendations about where future research might usefully enhance knowledge and practice around trans sex work in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolicing the Sex Industry
Subtitle of host publicationProtection, Paternalism and Politics
EditorsTeela Sanders, Mary Laing
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315196893
ISBN (Print)9781138716629
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2017

Publication series

NameInterdisciplinary Studies in Sex for Sale
PublisherTaylor & Francis


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