The little things…

8 07 2009

During our conversation with Chris Atchison, whose work has been the study of “buyers and sellers of sex within the domain of heterosexual prostitution“, we came across the topic of small measures that we can take to make sex trade workers less vulnerable to violence. After a little bit of research, it appears that the San Diego Police Department also agree…at least with some points. The following list is a combination of the points we discussed today along with a few other relevant points.

  • More public lighting – this creates a safer environment for everyone walking around or conducting business in the evening hours.
  • Use surveillance equipment in the most high-risk areas – while this action may anger the BC Civil Liberties Association, the risk of situational violence against sex-trade workers would be lowered and if there is still violence ocurring, the perpetrators would be caught on camera for prosecution.
  • Plant trees away from lights – ensuring that the lights are visible and unblocked allows the area to remain lit.
  • Establish paths in which there is high levels of traffic – roads and sidewalks may be altered to provide pedestrian traffic and help lower the instances of violence or step in to help or call for help.
  • Seek to develop a working relationship between sex trade workers and the police – at the moment, the relationship between these two groups appears to be antagonistic. If a sex trade worker feels uncomfortable reporting an incidence of violence to the police, as is the case currently, this problem of violence can not be resolved. At the same time, it is not only the job of the police to protect the safety of every citizen, a partnership can prove to be valuable as sex trade workers may be able to provide leads regarding crimes they have witnessed or heard about.

As I find out more about the simple steps we can take as a society to help preserve the safety of all our cititzens, I will add to this list by providing an update.

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