This is what we’re used to seeing when we think of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This is the place we want to rescue people from, thinking that no one would choose to live here.
But sometimes we’re wrong, and sometimes people have made this choice. It’s not a great choice, but then, when this is the place that someone thinks is best, it’s likely that they had other similar choices, or – worse yet – no other choices at all.
This is one of those realizations I’ve been having recently as I’m researching articles and books for my literature review for my MA thesis.
There will be more posts starting with how I got into prostitution research, my perceptions and beliefs about it, and my experiences working in a non-profit assisting female youth exiting the sex trade.
But it’s the research I’ve been reading lately from good academics, experiential people, and other service providers with lengthy histories that is showing me my perspective was wrong; that to help people move forward you have to work with them where they are.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully you’ll have some realizations of your own.