Supportive housing improves safety for female sex workers

Female sex workers living and operating in supportive-housing units have less adversarial relations with police, says a new study by researchers from UBC and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV-AIDS.
Based on interviews with women living on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the study also found female sex workers living in the housing units were exposed to less violence and disease, such as HIV.
“It provides an important opportunity for sex workers to feel safe to reach out to police for protection rather than feeling constantly criminalized,” said Kate Shannon, senior author and assistant professor of medicine at UBC.
Similar stories appeared in a number of publications, including the Vancouver Sun.

Canadian Press, Wed May 9 2012, By: Keven Drews, Link to full text