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Sex-trade workers safer working indoors, new study finds

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's better - and safer - doing it indoors.

According to a new sex trade study, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Public Health, female prostitutes are safer from violence and less likely to contract HIV when working in "unsanctioned indoor sex-work environments," such as housing offered by Vancouver's Atira Women's Resource Society and RainCity Housing and Support Society.

"These programs include women-only buildings, for both residence and staff, supportive guest policies, these include clients signing in and in some cased providing ID at the front desk, also video cameras and staff available in case of violent perpetrators," said Dr. Kate Shannon, senior author and director of B.C.-based Gender and Sexual Health Initiative.