Research-to-Action

Sex Workers Accessing Drop-In More Likely to Have Accessed Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Access to health and social services is often difficult for women who do sex work, as they face many barriers, including stigma and discrimination and a lack of services tailored to meet the needs of sex workers.  Dr. Rachel Kim is the lead author of a recent GSHI report that showed that sex workers who access the WISH Drop-In Centre in Vancouver, BC were more likely to have accessed sexual and reproductive health services in the last 6 months. 

The WISH Drop-In Centre is a facility that is open to women who do sex work, and is currently open 18 hours a day, providing hot meals, shower facilities and clothing along with operating a variety of programs including a peer volunteer program and the Aboriginal Culture and Creativity Program.  WISH also operates the Mobile Access Project (MAP Van), a mobile outreach service that provides sex workers with supplies, support and referrals overnight 7 nights a week.  The WISH Drop-In Centre society has been a long-standing partner of the GSHI, and has been instrumental in the development of many of our questionnaires and research questions. 

“Sexual and reproductive health services are so important to sex workers, and there are far too many barriers between women and the services they need,” said Kate Gibson, Executive Director of WISH.  “At WISH we strive to create an environment where women feel safe and welcome, and to partner with organizations who can provide women with what they need in a non-judgmental and supportive way.”

Click here for a full summary of the report, and the full paper can be found here.

For more information about the WISH Drop-In Centre Society, please visit their website.