Research-to-Action

Sex work laws criminalize a necessary community of women

The Volcano
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

In July of this year, early results of a new study that was focused on social cohesion among sex workers were released at the International AIDS Society conference here in Vancouver, BC. The study was part of the AESHA Project conducted by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (GSHI). Sex Workers United Against Violence Society (SWUAV) have been partnering with GSHI for many years. Following the presentation of the results, SWUAV participated in some of the promotion and publicity related to the study, as this was a project whose findings were very important to us. What this study demonstrated is something that we and others who have been working in peer-led organizations have known for years: sex workers experience better health and safety when they are able to work in community with one another, rather than in isolation.