Street level sex workers are the most marginalized group at risk for violence and abuse. The nature of their work puts them at risk. The majority of womyn and girls involved in street level sex work/sexual exploitation in Prince George are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Some had this addiction prior to their involvment in sex work. Others started their addiction after they began working. Either way, many of them use it as a coping mechanism for what they face out there while working on the streets.
This by no means allows for the justification of violence against them. Some of the most horrific crimes have been done against womyn involved in sex work or sexually exploited youth. The Ridegeway, Pickton, Ipswich, and Ripper murders are just a few of the rampages done against these womyn and girls.
When will we as a society say enough is enough? These are womyn who are mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters and so much more. Many of them are children and youth who have been forced into it.
Why do womyn and youth become involved in sex work and survival sex? Coercion, being forced, drugs, money, food, shelter clothing… Does it really matter how they got involved in it? It is our responsibility as a community to understand the nature behind sex work because only then can we truly provide meaningful support.
At New Hope we recognize that there is a lack of services for womyn in the sex industry. We strive to bridge the gap in services for sex workers through creating a place of safety and security for womyn to access support services pertinent to their needs