The Coin Operated Girl
A fundraising comedy night will be held in Manchester
in aid of National Ugly Mugs
Tickets are £10 on the door or can be purchased in advance atwww.ticketsource.co.uk/
Miranda Kane ‘The Coin-Operated Girl’ is a London based comedian who gigs across the UK.
She is also a Sex-Worker Rights and Size Acceptance activist, and has won quite a few accolades to prove that she is actually quite funny, including –
• Cheltenham New Act of The Year, 2014
• Semi Finalist ‘Funny Women’ 2014
• Semi Finalist ‘So You Think You’re Funny’
• Funny Women – One To Watch
• Supported Jason Manford at Great Ormond Street charity gig
• 4 and 5 star reviews for my debut show ‘Coin-Operated Girl’
• Signed with LBA books
Why we have Ugly Mugs Schemes
There are various reasons for ugly mugs schemes. Sex workers in some sectors frequently suffer violence and other crimes committed by people presenting as clients, clients and others in the course of their work. Current research shows differences in the levels of violence experienced by sex workers in different sectors of the industry. For example, studies show higher levels of assault committed against street sex workers compared to indoor sex workers working in massage parlours/saunas/flats. Crimes committed against sex workers are often unreported to the police. Sex workers are also often reluctant to make formal complaints to the police and so records do not reflect actual prevalence of how common this violence can be. However, offenders need to be identified because they may attack other sex workers. Men who murder sex workers frequently have a history of violence against sex workers and others.
Where do Ugly Mugs Schemes come from?
The Prostitution Collective in Victoria, Australia developed the first ugly mugs scheme in May 1986, using the term ‘ugly mugs’ to describe punters, or people pretending to be punters, who become unreasonable and/or violent. They realised that circulating descriptions of ‘ugly mugs’ could warn other sex workers about dangerous people and situations. The first schemes in the UK started in Birmingham and Edinburgh in 1989 and were run by sex work support projects. Since then, similar schemes have been adopted by many sex work support projects throughout the UK.