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Vancouver study: Sex trade workers feel safest when working inside supportive housing

The Province
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A key to reducing violence and HIV infection among sex trade workers is safe, supportive housing, says a Vancouver study.

Researchers interviewed 39 women who reside at the "low-threshold" 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 indoors, they felt they had more control over their sexual transactions. That included their right to refuse an act, their ability to negotiate condom use and to avoid violent predators, the study found.