Research-to-Action

New police approach to help sex workers proves ineffective

The Thunderbird
Friday, April 1, 2016

...A 2014 study in Vancouver compiled in-depth interviews from street sex workers who said they noticed an increase in positive interactions with police. Many of the workers said the police presence was a nuisance, including Lisa, whose work was negatively affected by police interactions.

"You stand out there and you fuck up my business and scare away my dates," says Lisa of the increased police presense. "The longer I'm out there, my chances of getting sick, raped, robber, beat up, whatever, are greater."