Bad date list

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A bad date list (also known as a bad date book or Ugly Mugs) circulates details of persons that may pose a threat to sex workers. Bad date lists can serve as a warning system, so that sex workers can avoid persons who fit descriptions on the list.

Bad date lists contain reports of 'bad dates' or incidents of violent or dangerous clients or other persons, which describe the incident, and frequently provide a description of the person, their vehicle (if applicable) and their phone number (if applicable).

Bad date lists can be handed out to outdoor sex workers. Reports can be collected by outreach workers who are distributing the list. Bad date list websites are also frequently used, mainly by indoor sex workers. Sometimes information comes from the police or the media.

The first Canadian bad date book was published in Vancouver, Canada by the "Alliance for Safety of Prostitutes" (ASP) in 1983. The Prostitution Collective in Victoria, Australia developed the first Ugly Mugs Scheme in May 1986, using the term 'ugly mugs' to describe punters who become unreasonable and violent.

Many organizations produce a "bad date list" including:

  • Sex Professionals of Canada[1]
  • COYOTE (in New York, NY)
  • WISH[2] (in Vancouver, BC)
  • Crossroads (Alberta, Canada)
  • Downtown Eastside Youth Activities Centre (in Vancouver, BC)
  • The Bad Date Coalition of Toronto
  • Project SAFE (Philadelphia, PA)[3]
  • Street Workers' Advocacy Project (Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • Bad Date Sheet Intervention Project (Tacoma, WA)



  1. ^ "Bad Date List". Sex Professionals of Canada. 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Bad Date Reporting". WISH Drop-In Centre. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Bad Date Alert". Project Safe. 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  4. ^ Taylor, Diane (5 July 2012). "Sex workers and police join forces to create rapist database". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. ^ Feis-Bryce, Alex (14 August 2012). "National Ugly Mugs Scheme - Protecting Sex Workers From Predators". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  6. ^ Wiley, Clare (15 December 2014). "This New App Could Help UK Sex Workers Get Revenge On the Pricks Who Abuse Them". Vice. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  7. ^ Speed, Barbara (4 January 2016). "Sex work apps are about more than advertising – they can keep workers safe". New Statesman. Retrieved 17 November 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Gregoire, L. (2003). AVENGE THE DEAD, BUT REMEMBER THE LIVING. Vue Weekly.
  • viral..8929480751. Straight Talk.
  • Black, D. (2005, August 4). Prostitutes Identify `Bad Dates' on Website. Toronto Star.