Research-to-Action

Indoor sex work safer than the streets

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Indoor sex workers enjoy potentially life-saving benefits, including less violence, reduced exposure to HIV and improved relationships with police, says a new study.

Published Thursday in the America Journal of Public Health, the study was done by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the University of British Columbia.

Researchers interviewed 39 women who previously worked on the street and are now living in two Downtown Eastside housing programs in Vancouver operated by Atira Women's Resource Society and RainCity Housing and Support Society.