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Taking sex indoors cuts violence and HIV infection: Sex-worker study

The Province
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Safe, supportive housing for marginalized prostitutes that allow them to take clients inside reduces the women's exposure to violence and HIV infection, according to a Vancouver study.

Researchers interviewed 39 women who reside in housing for poor drug-using sex workers, where they have access to support staff and police. The former street workers, who had seen clients in cars, alleys and the johns' homes, reported that when they worked indoors they had more control over the sexual transactions, including their right to refuse an act, and an ability to negotiate condom use and avoid violent predators, the study found.