Programming Connection

Sex Workers Program 

RÉZO
Montreal, Quebec
2010

Evaluation

The RÉZO staff reports positive feedback from sex workers during outreach and at the drop-in centre, which welcomes more than 350 sex workers. An intake form is filled out for each visitor to the centre, collecting such information as age, race, language, health and sexual orientation, drug use of each visitor as well as his reason(s) for visiting the centre.

Additionally, the staff has noticed the effect their program has had on tensions between sex workers and the general mood of the local community. Since the start of the program, police and local community members speaking with RÉZO’s outreach staff have expressed an increased sense of awareness of sex workers and the specific challenges they face. RÉZO’s Sex Worker Program is increasingly known throughout the community as a resource for mediation between sex workers and residents and merchants.