National Ugly Mugs

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Location

Manchester
United Kingdom
Contact email: 
admin@uglymugs.org

Contact: Kerri Swindells (available on Tuesdays & Thursdays) Email: admin@uknswp.org.uk Telephone: 0161 629 9861 International: +44 161 629 9861 Fax: 0161 205 3036 UKNSWP Unit 114 Cariocca Business Park Sawley Road Miles Platting Manchester M40 8BB

Who do you work with?: 
National Ugly Mugs (NUM) is a national organisation providing greater access to justice and protection for sex workers who are often targeted by dangerous individuals but are frequently reluctant to report to the police. We believe in and advocate for the human rights of sex workers including: Right to self determination Right to live free from violence Right to live free from intimidation, coercion and exploitation Right to work as safely as possible Right to police protection
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers are our members and our service exists for the safety of sex workers.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
Stigma and safety.
Describe other areas of your work: 
National Ugly Mugs take reports of incidents from sex wokers and produce anonymised warnings which are sent directly to sex workers and front line support projects throughout the UK. With consent, we share anonymous intelligence to the police. We support sex workers in making full reports to the police so that the perpetrators can be identified, arrested and convicted. We ensure sex workkers have access to professional services when they have been a victim of crime.
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