What Can I do?
There are many dangers to being involved in sex work. Dangers include violence, drug and alcohol addiction, sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses, and unwanted pregnancy. Involvement in the sex trade can also cause physical and emotional problems that may affect you for your whole life.
There are many things you can do to protect yourself, your friends, and people you know who might be at risk. Look out for one another, and be there for people when they seem depressed or need to talk. Reach out to them by:
- not judging what they tell you
- supporting them to seek help when they need it.
If you feel lonely or depressed:
- reach out and seek help
- try to find someone you can talk to, someone who will listen and take you seriously
- use this website to find services and people who can help you.
Sometimes it is easy to be talked into doing something you don’t want to do. This can happen when you:
- have low self-esteem and don’t feel good about yourself
- have a crisis at home
- don’t feel secure in your home or community
- abuse drugs and/or alcohol.
These are just some of the many things that might put you more at-risk for people to take advantage of you.
Always be on the lookout for people who might be trying to get you, or someone you know, involved in the sex trade. If you suspect somebody of this, tell someone! Who can you tell?
- a family member
- a teacher
- a counsellor
- other school staff
- another person you trust
- the police.
In an emergency, call 9-1-1. The police are here to protect all members of the community — and that includes you.
No matter who you talk to, be sure to give as much specific information as you can – for example, what the person looks like, what kind of car he or she drives, and where you last saw him or her.
And don’t forget – there are a lot of resources in the community that can help you. They are listed in the section on Programs and Services on this website.