Work in Safety
Working with a partner or in a small group can be more secure. Discuss your activities with the other women and write down who your co-workers leave with. Note the identifying marks of the cars you get in (license number, make, color, dents). Note clientsâ€™ addresses, the places where you intend to work.
When you go to a clientâ€™s place, take the time to tell someone that you arrived. Once in the door, call or pretend to call your agency or a friend, indicating your exact location. Do it in front of the client so that he knows someone knows where you are.
Do you accept clients that you donâ€™t trust? Trust your instincts. Donâ€™t accept clients who are suspicious or seem dangerous.
Do you often work in out-of-way, dark places, in alleys or behind buildings? Because they are isolated, these places can be more dangerous.
Be aware of your environment: how well do you know your neighborhood and the place where you work? Do you watch out for the exits that will allow you to escape easily, the telephone booths, the gas stations and other businesses that are open during your working hours? The nearest police station?
If you are being followed, show that you are confident. Walk normally without appearing to be afraid. Cross the street and go in the other direction, this could confuse your pursuer. Avoid going directly to your home, especially if you live alone. If you see other people on the street, go right up to them to avoid being alone with the person who is following you. If you feel trapped, donâ€™t hesitate to go into a phone booth or business and call 911.
Do you carry valuable things on you? Avoid bringing things that you do not need for your work or that are valuable to you. If you feel insecure, donâ€™t hesitate to put your bag in a mailbox. You can pick it up later at the post office.