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The Criminal Offence of Controlling and Coercive Behaviour is another form of Harassment and it is rife in the adult video / sex worker industry

How many sex workers suffer harassment from performing in an adult video, where the producer has inflicted psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse on them on a regular basis and then further harassment when the sex video goes online?

You only have to fear violence and feel alarm and distress on two occasions for this to amount to the criminal offence of Controlling and Coercive Behaviour - another form of harassment.

Harassment and the Criminal Offence of Controlling and Coercive Behaviour is very underused by police and the CPS, particularly in the adult video industry. Coercive behaviour is an act of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim. Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependant by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour. Imprisonment is 5 years and all policies are gender neutral and all victims of this type of harassment should receive the same access to protection and legal redress.

So, where is protection for sex workers from harassment in the adult video industry? Why is this crime of harassment and the Criminal Offence of Controlling and Coercive Behaviour so underused by the police and the CPS?

How many oppressed sex workers suffer harassment but are too scared to do anything about it because of the threats of being beaten up by the sex video producers or because of discrimination or being blackballed? Many sex workers don’t seek legal help or report harassment to the police because there is the consensus of prejudice and the stigma that exists around sex work that the police are less likely to investigate attacks of sex workers.

This gives oxygen to controlling, harassing, manipulative and coercive producers of sex videos.

Many adult sex video performers fear their producers, as they threaten them with violence, humiliation and exposure. It is common for producers of adult videos to exploit the performers and use manipulation and ply them with drugs and alcohol to get them to sign consent orders and all the while, humiliate them, abuse them physically and sexually, gaslighting (sowing seeds of doubt to question someone's own sanity) them and keeping them under their control.

These consent orders are false and invalid documents, since anything that is not consensual (being under the influence is not being fully coherent to be consensual and neither is doing more in the sex video than originally agreed), is not part of what has been agreed upon in terms of services and labour, therefore it enters into the realm of assault. The producers don’t care. The sex worker needs the money. They feel under their control but they are oppressed, traumatised, depressed, abused and isolated. Adult video producers are taking advantage of people that are just trying to earn a living.

Adult video performers and sex workers are suffering horrendous harassment and because their sex videos are being sold all over the internet, they suffer further harassment because if it is on the internet, it never goes away. We want adult film entertainers and sex workers to know that Cohen Davis are here to help

One of our clients wanted us to talk about his case, so that others that have performed in sex videos that have felt violated, threatened, exploited and isolated, may come to us for help because he was feeling suicidal about what had happened to him and didn't know where to go for help. He had been at an extremely low ebb in his life when he had performed reluctantly in a sex video for a small amount of money because he was desperate but had immediately regretted it. What happened when they started to film the sex video was a gang raping of a horrific nature that our client had not consented to. Our dear client begged the producer to delete it but the producer ignored him and instead, exploited him by selling the video on highly degrading, violent and popular, lucrative websites and putting links to the sites all across the internet, to ensure maximum exposure. We tracked the producer down who immediately admitted to it for fear of exposure and paid our client £20k, signed back the copyright to our client and legally binding mechanisms were set in place to prevent further publications. The internet was cleaned up of our client's videos and links and he has restarted his life. 

Cohen Davis represent sex workers. We want sex workers to know that we will help them with any harassment issue. We are of course discreet, we don't judge and we only print stories that our clients have consented to, with the premise of helping others, so that people know that they can seek help from us for such serious matters too.

Cohen Davis are passionate about helping people achieve freedom from harassment. The criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour is another form of harassment, which is also a civil wrongdoing. We want to help people with this injurious issue, no matter what their walk of life and can often work on a no win no fee arrangement. Call us today: 0800-612-7211.

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