Sex workers in “dire and desperate” circumstances across the Fylde Coast are continuing to see clients during the lockdown, potentially exposing themselves and others to coronavirus, according to sex worker organisations and charities.
This has become evident on adult website VivaStreet where FY postcode escorts are advertising their services.
One St Annes escort (pictured below) who claims she is 45 specifically specifies “out calls only” despite Vivastreets – she says on her advert “Call me u wont be disappointed, available from 10am to 10pm!”
Two escort who work as a team from Blackpool called “Vanessa” and Anays, who is much younger than the St Annes lady of the night, has her phone number photo-shopped onto her leg to avoid any Vivastreet filtering, She tries to entice punters by claiming on her advert “If you are tired of fake and cheap escorts, looking for a classy escort you just found it,search no more hehe xxxx”
However despite these adverts Vivastreet has a post on their site saying “We want everyone to stay at home during the national lockdown. We’re making temporary changes to the platform so users can only offer online services, including our gallery, camming and phone line services.”. This notice however has no enforcement and the escorts can be contacted without any restrictions.
You may think a global health pandemic would halt sex work but that isn’t necessarily the case. Organisation Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement (SWARM) said many of their representatives often have little in the way of savings and as well as being exposed to other people intimately, are also exposed to violence.