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

Yahoo! News Canada
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

VANCOUVER - A new study in B.C. says female sex workers suffer less violence and have better relations with police if they can operate from a safe indoor environment.

The study, published today in the "American Journal of Public Health," was based on interviews with 38 women living in supportive-housing units in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

The women say living in and working from such venues allows them to refuse unwanted service, negotiate condom use and avoid violent predators.