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.
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.
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.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.