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A provincewide database for sex workers to report and look up "bad dates" — clients who are violent or pose a safety concern — is one step closer to reality thanks to a three-year funding commitment from the Law Foundation of British Columbia and an anonymous B. Once up and running, the provincial hook up in Plano date reporting system will be the first of its kind in Canada, giving sex workers a peer-to-peer online resource to help keep each other safe. Mebrat Beyene, executive director of sex worker support organization WISH, said the database will help formalize what many support organizations already do informally.
This is something that a of us across the province have And it's also something that, in terms of that reporting, almost all of us do off the sides of our desk without dedicated funding," she said. Beyene anticipates the final product will likely be an app that takes in reports of bad dates and makes them searchable. Sex workers experience substantially higher rates of violence than the general population — and the rates are even higher for sex workers who are Indigenous, homeless, Fredericksburg VA local sex, migrant and trans.
The vast majority of violence experienced by sex workers is never reported to police because of stigma, criminalization, and countless other barriers. Beyene said 80 per cent of sex workers who report violence to WISH do not want to report it to police. Collaborators hope the bad date reporting system will fill an urgent need in more remote parts of the province where it's particularly hard to track predators between far dating Huntsville AL brides communities.
The power imbalance and transitory nature of resource based economies put women who sell or trade sex at increased risk," said Heather Paddison, community health educator at Positive Living North. Beyene says she anticipates the data collected will provide useful insights over the longer term.
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