Support Services and Employment Programs

4 07 2009

Helping those who want to get out of sex work without stigmatizing those who want to stay means offering non-judgmental support services and employment programs.

It’s not easy to simply ask a sex worker to change their line of work.  You would think that creating job opportunities, retraining these workers for a different job can solve the problem.  It’s not that simple.  Once they enter the sex industry, it’s not easy to exit as you please.

“The weight of society saying prostitution should be  illegal and you’re dirty and awful and depraved and you’re going to get diseases and die it adds to people’s lack of self-worth and that’s really not going to help people.” (quote from former sex worker, Todd Klinck)

In addition to programs to get unwilling workers out of the sex trade it’s necessary to provide services to stop people from getting there in the first place.  Until poverty is eradicated we’re always going to have this situation arising. As a society, our decision is whether we choose to allow people to die or work with dignity and safety. Prostitution is not the issue. The issue is what got these women and kids on the street in the first case.  These things often get overlooked. The action that should be taken is to demand that politicians implement non-judgmental employment programs and support anti-poverty initiatives in general.