Sex Trade Transition Programs

Programs that help individuals with current or past involvement in sex work move into mainstream employment or education and learn to become self-sufficient and independent. Included are residential programs for women and girls; drop-in programs where people can relax, find comfort and feel safe; resource centres that provide access to information and referrals to meet their needs; and re-entry diversion programs for individuals who have been incarcerated for prostitution. Services typically include assessment, peer support, referrals to programs and services, wrap-around support to build constructive relationships and networks, life skills and capacity building workshops, pre-employment and supported employment skills workshops, individualized after-care plans, and/or ongoing follow-up support. Some programs provide attendees with hygiene products, clothing, hot meals and resources for short-term shelter and other assistance with their decision. Transportation to relocation sites or other appropriate services may also be available.

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