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 men, women and/or adolescents currently or formerly involved in prostitution, phone and online sex services, exotic dancing, pornography or other aspects of the sex industry. The groups meet in-person, by telephone or via the Internet; and allow participants to share experiences, build community and gain emotional support from others.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.