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Ugly Mugs


National Ugly Mugs (NUM) is a scheme developed by The UK Network for Sex Work Projects (UKNSWP), which aims to keep sex workers safer from abuse at work by sharing accounts or ‘alerts’ of dodgy punters.

National Ugly Mugs (NUM) alerts can be reported confidentially (you can use a fake name to protect your identity) and reporting does not mean that you have to provide evidence or deal with the police if you don’t want to. The scheme is about alerting other sex workers and sharing information to keep everyone safer and to hopefully help deter bad punters. We also have a magazine to update you about incidents if you’re not online. Please contact us if you would like us to send you a copy.

You can also make an anonymous report with a SWISH worker and it will be reported in the NUM scheme.
Information will only be passed to the police for further investigation with your consent.
You can find more information about the scheme on the NUM website.

Last review: 25/09/2014

Next review: 25/09/2017