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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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Offender/Ex-Offender Support Groups

Mutual support groups whose members are people who have been incarcerated in a correctional facility and are seeking support for their return to the community and their ability to remain crime-free. The groups allow participants to share their experience, strengths and hopes; discuss strategies for avoiding substance abuse, gang involvement, or other criminal activity; and pursue a commitment to going back to school, finding and retaining a job and mending partner and family relationships. Meeting formats may include in-person, telephone or Internet options.

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Sex Trade Related Helplines

Programs that provide immediate assistance for people (adults and/or adolescents) who are involved in prostitution or other aspects of sex trade work which may include steps to ensure the person's safety, short-term emotional support, and referrals to resources for legal and emotional needs, advocacy, housing alternatives and other related services. Helpline staff are generally available via telephone, email, chat and/or text.

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