Research-to-Action

No increase in safety for sex trade workers since VPD switched focus to johns: study

News1130
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The study was carried out on Vancouver's streets and found 25 per cent of prostitutes experienced violence after police stopped arresting sex workers in 2013, compared with 24 per cent the year before police changed their policy.

"These guidelines really came after two decades of missing and murdered women in Vancouver...with the explicit goal to increase sex worker safety," says study co-author Dr. Kate Shannon.

Advocates argue only decriminalization will increase safety, as prostitutes can then screen their clients without fear of legal consequences.