Research-to-Action

Isolating prostitutes is unsafe, study finds

Nanaimo Daily News
Friday, February 6, 2009

Forcing prostitutes out of populated areas and into back alleys and dark streets increases violence and the spread of HIV, according to a new study published by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

The Vancouver-based research showed that one in four sex trade workers were pressured into having unprotected sex, the most vulnerable were women who had been "displaced to outlying areas due to policing or prostitution or drug charges," the report states. The findings in the report indicate that Canadian laws increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and personal safety, according to Dr. Kate Shannon, authour of the study.