National Ugly Mugs (NUM)

National Ugly Mugs (NUM) is a pioneering, national organisation that provides greater access to justice and protection for sex workers who are often targeted by dangerous individuals and face obstacles to reporting, access to service and police protection. Those who harm sex workers offend against all of us!

We serve sex workers of all genders, ages, abilities, cultures and modes of work and offer a digital reporting and alerting mechanism to warn these communities about dangerous individuals who may target them. We provide individualised specialist support from experiential support staff and others trained as Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who ensure sex workers have the information and resources needed to make important choices about their lives.

We recognise three ways of understanding sex work issues: Lived Experience, Practitioner Know-how and Scholarship. We privilege people who embody all three and work as a blended team of experts to lead NUM, design and deliver services, conduct community-based researcher, develop and deliver education to professionals, and participate in policy advocacy to change the conditions that lead to survival sex.

We see this approach to our work as the best way for active sex workers to gain rights and recognition, organise to combat discrimination, stigma, criminalisation they face, and work towards improving community safety for UK-based sex workers.

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