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A GUIDEBOOK FOR MALE ESCORTS WHO SELL
SEX IN THE MANCHESTER AREA

Registered Charity
No. 1070904

For more copies of this leaflet contact:
Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Unity House,
15 Pritchard Street, Manchester, M1 7DA

Tel: 0161 235 8035 www.lgf.org.uk

Reg. Charity No.1070904

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CONTENTS

1 Preparation 3-7

2 Personal Safety 8-9

3 Drugs & Alcohol 10-12

4 Sex Work & The Law 13-15

5 The Sex Bit 16-20

6 Directory 21-23

BE BODY CONSCIOUS
By keeping your body well maintained, practising good personal
hygiene, going for regular Sexual Health screenings and generally
looking after yourself you can keep any physical problems down
to a minimum. If you are stressed or run down this will affect
you physically. Going to the gym keeps your body looking good
and improves fitness but it’s not enough, you need to eat well
and on a regular basis to stay healthy.

WHAT TO WEAR
There are certain things you can wear that will make your life
easier when you’re working. Jewellery should be kept to a
minimum, clasps and sharp edges can tear condoms or be used to
hurt you, they can also be stolen from you if they attract
attention. Piercings similarly can be pulled and ripped out. Wear
simple clothes that are easy to put on (and take off) in a hurry.
Never carry a weapon, it can be easily used against you.

1. THE PREPARATION

This guidebook has been put together from a wide
range of sources to give male escorts clear and
precise information on how to stay healthy and sane
in the sex industry and where to go if help is needed.
It is also intended to help professionals who work in
support services to understand the needs and
concerns of male escorts. For the purposes of this
guide a male escort is defined as someone who sells
sexual services through the Internet, printed media,
an agency or any means other than the street.

We understand that guys become escorts for many
reasons therefore we do not wish to make any
judgements about sex work, but hope this guide will
help male escorts to stay safe and healthy.

Written by The Lesbian and Gay
Foundation and Manchester Public
Health Development Service

With Grateful thanks to
Manchester City Council.
manchesterlads.com
Greater Manchester Police
Manchester Prostitution Forum

Before meeting a client, things you can do to keep safe and healthy

INTRODUCTION

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3 DRUGS & ALCOHOL

Many people from time to time use drugs to enhance sexual
performance and some working guys may feel the need to
use something extra to get them through a session.

If you do take drugs when you work here’s a breakdown of a
few negative side effects. Remember the police generally are
more interested in illegal drug use than any sexual services
being sold. For help and information on Drugs and Alcohol
see the listings at the back of this resource.

Alcohol - Can give you a false picture of what’s really
happening. Under the influence of drink you may agree to do
some things you may regret later, it might be hard to
remember events afterwards.

Amphetamines (Speed,Whizz, Billy) - You may feel
very tense, paranoid, tired and depressed. Long-term use can
lead to mental illness and put a strain on the heart.

Cannabis (Weed, Grass, Smoke) - Can make you feel
paranoid and upset. Loss of concentration could make you
vulnerable. Can also affect your respiratory system and
cause cancer.

Cocaine/Crack (Charlie, Snow, Sniff, C, Rock) -
Very addictive, expensive, can cause convulsions and
heart problems.

Ecstasy (E, Pills) - Avoid mixing with other drugs or
alcohol. Dehydration is a big problem and some people say
it leads to brain damage and depression later in life.

Heroine (Smack, Brown) - Very addictive. If injected risk
of infections include Hepatitis B & C and HIV/AIDS.

LSD (Acid, Trips, Dots) - Having a bad trip can lead to
severe mental health problems and be very scary.

Mushrooms (Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms) - Eating
the wrong type of mushroom can make you very ill or even
kill you.

Poppers (Amyl Nitrate, Room Odorises, Boot Cleaners) -
Can be deadly if swallowed. Irritate the skin and cause
rashes. They can also damage the nose and lungs. They

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increase sensation and decrease inhibition. They also
make the muscles in your arse relax and although this is
tempting they are more likely to burst tiny blood vessels.
Never mix with Viagra. Heart problems and low blood
pressure can be brought on with this combination.

Ketamine (Special K, K) - Extremely dangerous
when mixed with alcohol or GHB. K can be snorted,
injected or taken in tablet form. High doses should
be avoided. They aren’t called horse tranquillisers
for nothing.

GHB (G, Liquid Ecstacy) - Large doses can cause
dizziness, vomiting, spasms and loss of consciousness.

Rohypnol - Probably the most common drug used
to ‘Spike’ drinks. Causes memory loss and disorientation,
which is why it is called ‘the date rape drug’.

Viagra (V) - Can put a strain on the heart. Mixing
Viagra with ecstasy can cause a painful erection that
could damage your cock. Never mix with poppers.

The law around sexual offences has recently changed and
prostitution laws are being reviewed. It is important to be up to
date with what is and is not legal. It is NOT illegal to be a Sex
Worker who works alone, in private, or to advertise your services on
the internet.

Indoor work is harder to police than street work. Police involvement
is more likely where there are under-age or illegal immigrant
workers, drug dealing, money laundering, violence or exotic services
(S&M.bondage etc). However it is important to remember that there
are some situations where selling sex is still illegal

• It is an offence to have sex in public toilets
• Soliciting - It is illegal to 'loiter or solicit in a street or public place

for the purposes of prostitution'. The police have to warn you three
times before they can arrest you for this

4 SEX WORK & THE LAW
In most circumstances Sex Work isn’t illegal, however there are
ways of getting into trouble with the police if you’re not careful.

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Gaylets North West
0161 482 4994 / 07791 076241
Manchester People First Housing
0161 226 1917
Manchester Housing (Council)
0161 839 2888
Salford Housing (Council)
0808 100 2347

Manchester Advice Centre
0161 234 5600
Citizen’s Advice 0161 831 9190

Manchester Community Alcohol
Team 0161 223 3770
The Smithfield Project 0161 834 6306
Alcoholics Anonymous
0845 769 7555

Drinkline 0800 917 8282
0161 839 8829

BiPhoria 07941 811124

Available from bars in gay village or
tel: The LGF on 0161 235 8001

Sustain (gay/bisexual couple
counselling) 0161 235 8011
The Lesbian and Gay Foundation
0161 235 8035
C.A.L.M (campaign against living
miserably) Helpline for young men
(5pm-3am) 0800 585 858

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Dr Tim Worden (Bloom Street)
0161 237 9490
Dr Gregg Kynes (Hulme)
0161 227 9785

Broken Rainbow 07812 6444 914

Lifeline Manchester
0800 716 701 / 0161 839 2054
DASH (Drug and Sexual Health
info in Hulme) 0161 226 0202
Piper Project (Trafford stimulant
service) 0161 865 3322
Manchester Stimulant Service
0161 819 2020
Eclypse (Young people’s drug team
for under 19 ‘s) 0161 273 6686

and veg, less fat and drink plenty of water.
If you have problems going to the loo never strain,
push too hard or use enemas, allow things to
happen naturally.

PISS
Some guys get a real kick out of being pissed on. If they
want to do it to you try to get them to do it in the shower
as you can always wash straight afterwards. Be aware piss
can carry a lot of infections from the bladder.

OVERDOING IT
Your cock, balls and arse will need a rest after a
marathon session. If you have a foreskin always clean
underneath it with water. Be careful with some soaps
and shower gels as they can cause irritation. On the plus
side some reports show that ejaculation from regular
wanking reduces the risks of developing prostate cancer
so go for it!

If at anytime you need help or support please use the
numbers opposite as a reference.

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Directory
Accommodation

Advice (Housing, welfare rights etc)

Alcohol advice and support

Bisexual support

Condoms

Counselling / Therapeutic Services

Crime Prevention

Doctors (Gay Friendly)

Domestic Violence

Drug advice and support

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EDA Helpline 0845 634 1414
Youth helpline 0845 634 7650

NHS Direct 0845 4647

Bannatynes 0161 236 6864
Manchester Aquatics Centre
0161 275 9450
Virgin Active 0845 130 2888
Living Well 0161 832 3227

Funky Crop Shop 0161 237 1032
Tyler Frazer 0161 236 5554

Action on Hate Crime 0161 236 7600
Community Police 0161 856 3229

Free clinics available from the LGF
0161 235 8035

MIND 0161 953 4234
SANE (2-12pm) 0345 678000
Samaritans 0345 909090 (24hrs)

Greater Manchester Police
0161 872 5050

Manchester Rape Crisis
0161 273 4500
St Mary’s Centre (and Domestic
Violence) 0161 276 6515

The Hospitals have specialist sexual
health clinics or G.U.M clinics.
Manchester Royal Infirmary
0161 276 5212/5200
Jarman Clinic 0161 611 4939
North Manchester General Hospital
0161 720 2681
Trafford General Hospital
0161 746 2621

Black HIV and AIDS Helpline
0161 226 9145
Body Positive North West
0161 873 8100
George House Trust 0161 839 4340
Terence Higgins Trust helpline
0207 242 1010

Albert Kennedy Trust (for young,
vulnerable gay and bisexual people)
0161 228 3308
Lifeshare (also condoms and needle
exchange) 0161 953 4069
Safe in the city (young people)
0161 275 9083
Men’s Direct Access (24hours)
0161 273 7306 Emergency
accommodation (2 forms of ID
needed and printed National
Insurance number)

Recapture 0161 236 39666

Stepping Hill Hospital (Stockport)
0161 419 5371/5370
Hope Hospital (Salford)
0161 787 4464
Bury General Hospital
0161 778 2800
Royal Bolton Hospital
01204 39077/2
Royal Oldham Hospital
0161 627 8398
Baille Street Health Centre
(Rochdale) 01706 517655
Tameside General Hospital
0161 339 2222
The Clinic, Full STI/HIV Screening for
LGB’s every Thursday 7pm-10pm
at the LGF 0161 235 8035
Venus and Mars Clinic
For Male Sex Workers every Monday
7.30pm-10.30pm at MRI
0161 276 5212/5200

Glaisyers Solicitors
0161 832 4666 / 832 7046

Albert Kennedy Trust
0161 228 3308/9
Peer Support Project
0161 274 4664
42nd Street (14-25) 0161 832 0170
City Centre Project (16-25)
0161 228 7654
Lesbian & Gay Youth Manchester
0161 274 4664
No Attitude (Trafford) 0161 912 2453
Queer Youth Manchester
07902 031086
Lifeshare - Male Sex Workers
Outreach Project 0161 953 4069

For these and any other enquiries
please call the Lesbian and Gay
Foundation Helpline 6-10pm every
night of the week 0161 235 8000

If you would like to comment on
this resource please contact
0161 235 8035 or
e-mail [email protected]

Otten Penna & Co 0161 224 4602
Gorvins (Stockport) 0161 930 5151

Manchester Smoking Cessation
Service 0161 205 5998

Northern Wave Swimming Club
0161 872 1990
Five Sails Water Polo
07789 27 6715
Basketball Group 07789 276 715
Football (Village F.C)
0161 225 2946
Rugby (Village Spartans)
07931 335775

Village Cars 0161 237 3383
Rainbow Taxis 0161 236 0909
Radio Cars 0161 236 8033
Street Cars 0161 228 7878
Yellow Cars 0161 228 3355

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Eating Disorders

General Health

Health Clubs

Hairdressers

Hate Crime/Homophobic Crime

Hepatitis B

HIV/AIDS Help

Homelessness

Mental Health Helplines

Police

Rape and Sexual Assault

Sexual Health Clinics

Solicitors (Gay Friendly)

Smoking

Sports Groups (Gay)

Taxis (Gay Friendly)

Young People’s Services

Male Grooming

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