Programming Connection

ORCHID 

Asian Society for the Intervention of AIDS (ASIA)
Vancouver, British Columbia
2010

Challenges

  • Given the criminalized nature of indoor sex work, establishments that offer sex work often close and reopen, either in the same location or elsewhere. This can make it difficult to keep track of where sex work is taking place and maintain ongoing relationships with business managers and sex workers.
  • Building trust with people involved in sex work, either as sex workers or managers, can be a challenge. Multiple contacts with venues can be required prior to being granted access or successfully engaging sex workers with education and resources.
  • Indoor sex workers may move from one establishment to another, making it difficult for outreach workers to maintain ongoing contact with women and therefore building and maintaining trust.
  • Volunteer retention can be difficult when volunteers are faced with repeated rejection from massage parlour managers.

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