Protecting sex worker identity is what we do
If you have found yourself in the middle of a pornographic related internet harassment campaign, fear of the exposure of any embarrassing, intimate impropriety in court and/or media attention, should it get that far, could impede your decision to seek help but your upmost concern becomes ours and protecting sex worker identity is a promise.
We are an internet law firm who successfully represented our sex worker client in one of the most important judgements of recent years, where we became reknown for protecting sex worker identity when our client was harassed, defamed and doxed online.
If you are a sex worker, there could be many reasons that you have personally, why you may not want to report a pornography related internet crime against you and having your identity exposed may be one of the those. Protecting sex worker identity doesn't seem to be a greatly talked about subject, so through blackmail and gaslighting, coercion and control, threats of exposure and reports that reflect on not protecting sex worker identity through stigma are what gives oxygen, control and power to the perpetrators of the harassment, the sextortion blackmailer, the sex film producer, the brothel owner, the pimp, the strip club owner, the 'so-called' guardians; whoever it is that made you feel like a hostage to your situation.
We want you to know that we will fight for your liberation and we will do it whilst protecting sex worker identity in the courts.
The threats that you are receiving about the non protection of sex worker identity and exposure will not be applicable if Cohen Davis assist you in court.
Crown Prosecution Court Orders
The Crown Prosecution Service puts a great emphasis on the wording about the protection of identity of people as victims and witnesses in the courts and they promise to: 'address the specific need of a victim and where justified, seek to protect their identity by making an appropriate application to the court'.
Is it an easy process?
Unfortunately, CPS's promise to protect identities is not automatically guaranteed for certain crimes but if you have appointed the right criminal internet lawyer, then you should be in safe hands. Protecting sex worker identity is important to us, as it is to you.
For all cases where identity is to be protected, Cohen Davis will apply for the correct orders to the criminal and civil courts for you and it is important that you have the guidance of a lawyer who is exercised and experienced in the complexities of the orders, since it isn't as straightforward as it sounds and application at the beginning is paramount to the success of anonymity.
What sort of orders are there?
Under the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act, for instance, there are a range of special measures for witnesses who are deemed to be intimidated in criminal proceedings and in these cases, there are screens, live links and private hearings. Under Section 46 of that Act, there is a prohibition of any matter relating to the witness to be publicised for their whole lifetime but extra special measures are usually required as this order does not disallow the public and those present in court can see and hear the witness.
I worry about my name being read out, even if I am granted anonymity
We can apply for orders of 'anonymity' under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 that would entitle the victim to press 'anonymity', so that nobody could identify them. We would ensure that names and addresses were not read out in open court, as part of their orders. Sometimes, we would have to apply seperately for other orders, say for instance, our sex worker client has given evidence against someone that has control over them and they want their name not to be spoken out loud at the beginning, just to be written down and not in the public domain.
Your name may not be read out or you may be given a screen to protect your identity or you may appear by video link from another court room and only visible to the Judge. You may be granted a private hearing where the doors are closed and the public are excluded. Identity protection isn't guaranteed because the judge has to consider many factors before making a decision but in most cases that we deal with, and because we do it thoroughly, considering all angles, they understand the need for and grant the identity protection. We make these applications at the beginning, so that you can be reassured throughout the litigation process, that ultimately, you identity is safe.
What about the civil courts and protecting sex worker identity?
Under the civil procedure, the general rule is that all hearings are public but the court does allow private hearings if one of the many matters that they list, as in most of our 'protecting sex worker identity' cases are satisfied, such as:
- Protection of identity
- Protection of interests
- Confidential information
- Publicity would defeat the object of the hearing
- It is necessary to have a private sitting in order for the proper administration of justice.
Because of the anticipation of all possible scenarios of a pornographic related internet case through experience and knowledge and our commitment to protecting you, you can rely on us. Understanding the right amount of orders to apply for to ensure that everything is covered and the risk of the cost of identity exposure, through our holistic approach to cases, Cohen Davis can reassure their clients that if they say that their identity is protected, it most definitely will be.