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martie1118
martie1118 Community member Posts: 36 Connected

Hi,

I suffer from Cerebral Palsy and I have got a meeting with my Care agency on Monday 8th January and need any information, I want to go and see a sex worker from the TLC again but my new care agency will not decide on whether to allow their staff to take me. I have been told by disability organizations that they are actually breaking the law by not taking me. I would welcome any evidence that you can provide to prove that they are in the wrong. I am sorry I left my plea for help late, hope someone can help, thank you.  

Mart


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  • WhatThe
    WhatThe Community member, Scope Member Posts: 1,266 Pioneering
    edited January 6
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    Hi martie, I know nothing about this and hope you find support and advice from the CP community here, assuming you're in the UK? 

    I found this :

    ON APPEAL

    On 22 October 2021, Judgement was handed down by the Court of Appeal, which has seen the appeal granted. As it now stands, a care team cannot be lawfully involved in facilitating contact with a sex worker for a vulnerable person.

    Whilst the Court acknowledged that achieving autonomy for an incapacitated adult lies at the heart of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, they could not agree that allowing a carer to assist in securing the services of a sex worker would be outside the scope of s.39.

    Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales said further:

    “the arrangements envisaged for securing the services of a sex worker would place the care workers concerned in peril of committing an offence contrary to section 39 of the Sexual Offences Act”. 




    Ada, not in principle and this person needs care love and support just like all of us, as you yourself said.

    This is a safe space where no-one should be judged or shamed for being disabled. 



  • Kimmy87
    Kimmy87 Community member Posts: 410 Pioneering
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    The exchange of money for sex is not illegal in this country. Only a few actions like on street soliciting are illegal.

    Sex is a basic human desire/need and sometimes the way someone needs access to it is through sex workers. 
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,634 Scope online community team
    edited January 8
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    Hi @martie1118

    The TLC Trust's own website states:

    Is this service legal?
    • It is not illegal to pay for or sell sexual services in Britain (however, it is now illegal in Northern Ireland to pay for sexual services). 
    • Brothels are illegal in Britain. What constitutes a Brothel under the Law is more than one service provider working out of the same property. Even if it is not at the same time. So be aware, booking two service providers at once is technically illegal. So are two service providers working out of the same flat. 
    • It is illegal to profit from someone else’s prostitution but all our providers are Independent. 
    • It is ILLEGAL for professionals including support workers, care staff, social workers etc to refuse to support a client with disabilities to access a sexual service. 
    • For healthcare professionals/care workers it is illegal NOT to support disabled people to enjoy the same pleasures as others enjoy in the privacy of their own homes (Equality Act 2010, Human Rights Act 1998).

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  • foxblipp
    foxblipp Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Hi everyone hope we’re all good today!

    I have over 30 years working as a carer and managing my own care settings for disabled adults and EBD young people.

    I also work part time as a Male Sex Worker (male escort). Over the years, I’ve found that around 80% of the lady’s that book me are physically disabled. Suffering from many medical conditions. Often these lady’s struggle with confidence and the ability to access the community to find and meet and date potential partners. I enjoy the fact that I am helping these lady’s with certain needs and have even built many friendships with clients along the way. This is something I think more of us could be doing.
    Mark

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