Research-to-Action

Van patrol helps sex workers access drug treatment: study

The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

VANCOUVER - A special van driven by former sex-trade workers that does late night patrols of Vancouver's grim Downtown Eastside seven days a week has become a meaningful route for prostitutes to get drug treatment.

Women who sell sex from the city's shadowy alleys and hidden industrial areas are four times more likely to enter detox programs if they've crossed paths with the van and its staff, according to a study published this week.