Research-to-Action

Victoria cuts-off funds to service that protects sex trade workers

The Vancouver Sun
Thursday, June 4, 2009

An advocate for Vancouver sex-trade workers says they will soon be at greater risk because the B.C. government has cut off funding for a van that cruises the streets at night, watching out for the women.

Losing the van means a greater risk of violence and less access to harm-reduction supplies, first aid, and bad-date reports in the overnight hours when sex workers are most active, said Kate Gibson, executive director of the WISH Drop-In Centre.