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Supportive housing improves safety for female sex workers: B.C. study

Castanet.net (Okanagan)
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Female sex workers living in and operating from supportive-housing units have less adversarial relations with police, says a new study.

The study was published Wednesday in the "American Journal of Public Health" and was authored by researchers from the University of BC and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Based on interviews with 39 women living on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the study also found female sex workers living in the housing units were exposed to less violence and disease, such as HIV.