Safe Working Practices - Indoors
Safety tips for working indoors
Avoid working on your own in any establishment. Have a plan ready in case a client attacks you. Know the escape routes to a safe place in - or outside - the building. Be clear about the services you are prepared to provide and your prices.
Always take an alarm into the room with you. If the establishment doesn't have panic buttons fitted, ask them to think about getting them fitted or supply workers with personal alarms. If the doors to the rooms lock, always knowhow to open them quickly. Never leave a key in the door in case you get locked in. If you're not entirely comfortable with the client, let the receptionist know, so they can keep an eye on the time and listen out for anything. Never lock the door - no one will be able to get in to help you if something kicks off.
If there are mirrors on the walls, use them to keep an eye on the client at all times, especially when you have your back turned to him. Get paid upfront, and put the money somewhere apart from your other cash, so that if a client does get nasty and takes the money back, he doesn't get everything you've got. Don't have anything on you with any personal information, such as your driver's licence or credit cards. If you get scared, or are attacked, try to keep yourself calm and get out of the room to a safe place as quickly as you can. Don't be afraid to run out of the room with no clothes on.
Supplies to keep at hand:
- Condoms - whatever basic model you prefer, plus a few trim, large, extra strong and flavoured to cover all possibilities.
- Lube - and lots of it. Many women find pumps are easier to use and more cost effective than sachets or tubes.
- Change of clothes
- Extra stockings and underwear - bear in mind punters may want to buy used pairs.
- Sex toys - use your own and make sure they're clean and covered with a fresh condom for each customer
Health & Safety indoors
Because of the licensing restrictions, saunas should meet basic health and safety standards. Essential things you should look out for in an indoor establishment are: Make sure there's somewhere to wash and shower between clients. Sheets should be changed between shifts. Towels on the bed should be changed between clients. Check that the beds are safe - collapsing unsafe beds are a real occupational hazard for indoor sex workers around the world. The establishment should be cleaned regularly, especially the shower rooms, kitchen, light switches and door handles. Flats should have a set smoking area, and you should be able to insist that clients not smoke in the room you're working in. There should be good lighting so you can have a proper look at clients, particularly their penis. Licensed brothels in Australia are required to have lights with 320 watt bulbs on flexible stands so that they can fully inspect client's penises. Mirrors should be secured properly to the walls and should be positioned so that you can watch what the client is doing at all times (such as on the wall above the bed and on the ceiling). Heating - it sounds pretty obvious, but the place should be warm. If there's a kitchen make sure it's kept clean.
Henri Toulouse Lautrec, The ladies in the brothel dining room, 1893. Lautrec loved to paint Parisian sex workers behind the scenes in the brothel - eating lunch, waiting for clients, or handing over the dirty laundry to be washed.
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