Services for commercial sex workers (SAFE)

The SAFE project is a sexual health service for those working in the commercial sex industry across Birmingham.

SAFE provides a safe space to talk about any issues that are important to you. This could include problems with your health, sexual or domestic abuse, alcohol and drug use, housing, welfare, or legal issues. If we can’t help, we’ll try to put you in touch with people who can.

Our service is completely confidential and we will not discuss anything you tell us with any other services if you don’t want us to.

There may be exceptional circumstances when we need to involve other agencies without having to ask for your consent. This would be in the case of child protection issues, terrorism or if you tell us you intend to seriously harm yourself or someone else.

Street outreach

Members of the SAFE team are out and about across Birmingham during each week.

The team can discuss any issues with you and provide hot drinks, condoms, lube, and information and advice on drugs and sexual health.

If you work indoors

If you work in a flat, sauna or massage parlour, SAFE can bring you condoms and supplies, Ugly Mugs information (see below), sexual health testing services, and other information and advice. Our staff are always happy to discuss anything else you’d like talk about.

SAFE clinic

Hepatitis B vaccinations, cervical screening (smear tests), STI testing, contraception and condoms are all available from the SAFE clinic in Birmingham. You don’t need an appointment and the service is confidential.

There is also a sexual violence prevention worker at the clinic.

Ugly Mugs

If you’ve been threatened, raped or assaulted when working and would like to discuss this, you can talk to an outreach worker, who will take details and can offer advice and support.

We print sheets called “Ugly Mugs” which feature details of attacks and attackers.

Sexual assault

If you’ve experienced sexual assault, SAFE can refer you to a sexual assault referral centre (SARC). Please see our page on rape and sexual assault for more information on SARCs.

Rape and sexual assault

We also work closely with the Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP), which offers support to anyone of any age or gender who has been affected by sexual violence or abuse. RSVP has a specialist advocate for female sex workers.

RSVP website

Trafficking

If you’ve been moved into or around the country by someone who is threatening or frightening you and forcing you to work, you have a right to protection. We can help you to get it.

Contact the SAFE team

Please call the following number to find out more about the SAFE service.

Telephone: 0121 440 6655