Membership of the National Ugly Mugs
National Ugly Mugs allows sex workers, projects and establishments/online sites to report crimes committed against sex workers so that they are alerted to potentially dangerous individuals, and to enable information to go to police national intelligence systems to aide in the investigation of crimes against sex workers.
Membership is required to make reports and receive alerts. Membership of National Ugly Mugs is free.
Membership requests are processed Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
Types of Membership
There are three types of membership:
This membership is for individual sex workers. It is open to any sex worker in the UK or Eire regardless of gender or working type. You must be aged 18 or over.
The personal information required by the National Ugly Mugs for individual membership is as follows:
- Working name. (You can provide your real name if you are happy to do so)
- Email address
- Mobile phone number - if you wish to receive SMS alerts
We will never divulge your personal information to anyone without your consent, unless we are bound by law to do so. Please read our confidentiality statement.
You are free to leave at any time and can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the membership registration we will contact you using the email you have used to register; so please check your email and check your junk inbox too - just in case.
This membership is for organisations doing front line work with sex workers, and allows services to feedback the information from sex workers into the scheme as third party reporting agents.
Escort site / Establishment Membership
This type of membership is for escort sites or establishment, commercial or voluntary, that work with sex workers or has sex worker members/employees, to be able the reporting of incidents and to receive alerts to pass on to members/employees.
Can the police access personal information held about sex workers?
The answer is ‘no’ for the following reasons:
- The data is held securely by National Ugly Mugs on an dedicated, managed server that police and other agencies have no access to.
- A member only needs to provide their working name and an email.
- It is highly unlikely that we would ever be forced (i.e. under a court order) to disclose membership details a) it is not in the public interest and b) goes against the ethos of NUM.
Terms and Conditions of Membership
The following terms and conditions must be met and agreed to for membership of National Ugly Mugs, as an individual, a project, or an escort site/establishment member:
Click here for terms and conditions.