Sex Worker’s Outreach Project (SWOP)
SWOP is a discreet and confidential service for women working in the sex industry. You can access our service if you live or work in Brighton and Hove.
What can SWOP offer you?
We understand the many different reasons that women work in the sex industry. We will not assume you want to give up sex work or make any judgements about your situation and your choices. Our main concern is your safety and well-being and these are some of the ways we can support you:
- Free condoms and lubricant
- Sexual health advice – support with getting sexual health testing & contraception More Info
- Self test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening
- Safer Sex Work – advice if you have concerns about your safetyMore Info
- Dodgy Punter – (Ugly Mugs) incident support and reporting scheme More Info
- Health, support and welfare services
- Information about Sex work and the Law
- Drugs and alcohol advice or support for you, your friends or family
- Information or support to explore options if you are thinking of leaving sex work
- Put you in touch with other local/national support services
How can I access SWOP?
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to use our service – these are some of the ways we can provide support:
- Telephone, text or email us for advice, support or information:
- Outreach services More Info
- Drop-In Service: Text or call us for times
- Individual 1:1 appointments (for brief or longer term support)
Do I need to give personal details?
We understand your need for discretion: if you need brief advice or information you can access this anonymously or use your working name. For more in depth support it may help if we have more information about you however, we will treat this information with sensitivity and care.
Is it confidential?
We will not share information about you/the location of the place you are working in with any other service. The only time we are obliged to share information is:
- If you give us permission to speak to another service
- If we have concerns that someone is at risk of serious harm
- If we believe that someone visiting, living or working in a premises where sex work takes place is under the age of 18.
If we had to break confidentiality due to concerns about risk we always try to discuss this with you first. Please ask us if you have any questions or concerns. You can read our full Confidentiality Policy here.
If English is not your first language
Don’t let this stop you from getting the support you need. You could ask someone you trust to contact us on your behalf, or if you send a (sms) text message with your first name and language we can call you back with an interpreter. We can arrange interpreters for appointments and can have information translated into your language. Our workers are used to supporting women who are not native to the UK and who have little or no spoken English.