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Confidentiality, privacy and your safety

Sex workers can face stigma and discrimination. They may be treated differently by friends, family or service providers. Everyone has a private life separate from work—but for most people, sex is only ever part of their private life. Some people might have negative or judgmental ideas about being paid for sex.

You need to think carefully about how much you tell people about your work, or if you tell them at all. People can assume things about your work, life and behaviour that are untrue, based on stereotypes they have about sex workers.

Remember: once you've told someone, you can't control whether they tell others. Take the time to think about what might happen and how you’ll feel—both now and in the future. If you choose to keep your sex work private, you may need to work out a ”cover” story that matches your lifestyle and hours.