Research-to-Action

3 Myths About Sex Work That Harm Everyone

Yes! Magazine
Thursday, March 10, 2016

...With regards to violence, a 2014 study published in BMJ Open showed that criminalizing clients tended to risk the safety of sex workers: They were displaced to more clandestine locations where the risk of violence was higher, they were forced ot rush the client screenings process, and they were less able to negotiate safe sex practices (e.g., using condoms). In part because of the unsafe sex, the study suggests, "target the demand" may also increase the spread of HIV.