Information for Professionals

Basis Sex Work Project is a sex support project for women (including transgender women) working in the sex industry who live or work in Leeds

We provide non-judgemental, free and confidential support for sex workers in all sectors of the sex industry including:

  • Independent and agency escorts, parlour/sauna workers, and women working from flats/apartments/hotels
  • Street sex workers
  • Student sexworkers (street and indoor)

We provide safety, information and support on:

  • Sexual health, safer working practices, condoms and contraception
  • Personal safety and Ugly Mugs
  • General health, harm reduction and wellbeing
  • Access to housing (incl. Housing First)  and benefits
  • Practical support (food, clothes, toiletries)
  • Moving away from sex work
  • Transitioning into Alternative Employment, Volunteering and Training
  • Support for migrant sexworkers
  • Sex worker rights


Please feel free to tell anyone that you think might benefit from our services about what we do and how they can access our services. If you wish to refer someone specifically, this can only be done with their explicit consent. The referral forms below will need to be filled out.

Please fill it out our Referral Forms:

Basis Yorkshire Adult Referral form PDF   How to Edit Our PDF Referral Form

Basis Yorkshire Adult Referral Form (Word Doc)

or contact us if you need any assistance.

Ugly Mugs

If you are aware of a sex worker that would like to report a crime to the Ugly Mugs scheme (anonymously or otherwise) please get in touch so we can arrange this.

Outreach or drop in services

  • We visit women at their place of work, home or at a location where they are comfortable and which is convenient
  • We have drop in on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon between 1.00pm and 3.00pm at our office on 94 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN
  • Wednesdays sessions will be more structured group workshops, focusing on activities including self-care and personal development. Wednesday’s workshops will be open to anyone over the age of 18 who is currently accessing support from Basis including current and former sex workers. These sessions will also run between 1.00pm and 3.00pm


Basis Training offers an Open Course on Working with Sex Workers as well bespoke training, now available online. For more information, or to book onto any of our sex work related training courses click hereOur training is based on our own evidence and local and national research and delivered by expert trainers, all of whom have frontline experience as well. All income generated by the training is used to support our charitable work.

Resources and Publications

Basis regularly contributes to research and produces resources  – you can find many of them here.