Programming Connection

Shift 

HIV Community Link
Calgary, Alberta
2011

Challenges

  • Demeaning societal attitudes towards sex work and the transient nature of the profession make sex workers reluctant to trust service providers.
  • Providing support services to sex workers coming from widely different places on the Continuum of Sexual Exchange can be particularly challenging in a small group setting, necessitating the creative use of alternative means of communication such as social media.
  • Social attitudes that are not supportive of harm reduction in the context of sex work
  • Gaining access to indoor sex work establishments can be difficult
  • Achieving goals and following through on a case management plan can take a great deal of time due to issues of poverty, under-education and lack of alternative employment opportunities faced by most clients accessing Shift services.