Research-to-Action

Vancouver sex workers could benefit from heading indoors, study finds

The Vancouver Sun
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

VANCOUVER - Indoor sex workers face potentially life-saving benefits, including less violence, reduced exposure to HIV and improved relationships with police, according to a new Vancouer study.

The study, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Public Health, was conducted by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the University of British Columbia.

The study interviewed 39 women who previously worked on the street and now are living in two Downtown Eastside buildings operated by Atira Women's Resource Society and RainCity Housing and Support Society.