- Learn some Basic Self-defense
Just because your night is over at the club doesn’t mean you should let down your guard. There may come a time when you need to defend yourself against someone else in a physical way. You may try to avoid drama, but dancing is a profession where there is a potential to be assaulted either in the club or on your way home. Because you may keep late hours you will be out on your own. Having the knowledge and ability to be able to defend yourself when you need it is probably a good idea. Learn how to use a taser or pepper spray, if you can, and carry it with you at all times.
- Know Where You Are at All Times
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. This means that when you leave the club you should have an escort or bouncer walk you out the door if you can. If you don’t have that option, make sure you park closely to the club so you do not have far to go. Watch for anyone sitting in the parking lot, they could be waiting to follow you. You are likely leaving the club with a load of cash, so it pays to be aware of your surroundings in this situation.
Make sure you lock your car door before you head into work and have your key in your hand when you leave the club door, so you are prepared. When you get into your car look into the back seat to make sure that there is no one hiding. When you drive, take a familiar quick route to where you want to go. Have a cellphone in case of emergency. Know the route to the local police department or fire station in case you need a safe place to go.
Watch the traffic behind you on occasion to make sure that no one is following you. It might seem obvious, but if someone does follow you and you feel suspicious stop in a well-lit area like a convenience store; do not drive home because if that person is following you, they will know where you live.
- When its Just not Worth it
Customers will do and say anything to try and see you outside of the club. When you allow a customer to see you outside of the club you are putting yourself in danger. You have your safety in the club and while they are there the customer has an obligation to spend money on you. The customers will do anything or say anything to get you to meet them outside of the club and once you do, you just lost a customer because he is no longer obligated to come to the club to see you.
Let’s say, also that the person you are talking with happens to be an undercover officer. Agreeing to meet them outside of the club is more often than not grounds to be arrested for solicitation, even if it’s an innocent ‘invitation to dinner’. Be smart and safe but be attainable only at the club where you have security watching your back.
- Be Aware of Human Trafficking
Know how to spot the signs of human trafficking and don’t fall victim to it. It’s a dangerous road that is difficult to escape from. Clubs across the country are being regulated to post information in dressing rooms about Human Trafficking.
According to the Human Trafficking Hotline, “Facilitators of sex trafficking in clubs and bars include other staff in the business that employ methods of control over the victims or set up arrangements for commercial sex with customers (and Employees or Owners)” For more information on how to stay safe, or if you or someone you know could be a victim please visit the Human Trafficking Hotline website as soon as possible.