The hours have been extended and just last week more staff were added, some of whom have actually experienced the sex trade. Charles Leger.
The sanctuary was identified as one of the most-needed resources in the community and is the first of its kind in the city. Susan Crouse, executive director of the Salvus Clinic.
The Sanctuary is in a discrete downtown location where individuals can shower, take a nap, have a bite to eat, or access harm reduction supplies such as needles. The RCMP say prostitution in the Moncton area is most prevalent in the downtown core and that they routinely monitor the area monxton illegal soliciting. We do not help people exit sex work if this is the work that monctonn choose to do then we will support them there.
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The centre -- at ses undisclosed location -- was deed to be a safe haven for people who work in the sex trade, and to ease the minds of people who live in the areas where the activity is taking place. Fredericks says individuals can also receive help to access other agencies or health professionals.
The opening in April saw single-digit s passing through, but over the summer, the s went up. The Sanctuary is currently open from Sunday to Thursday from 4 until monctton and she adds those hours could eventually be extended. Nightly visits, on average, range from zero to five and an estimated 70 individuals have been identified in the sex trade in the greater Moncton area.
With winter approaching, they are expecting to see more sex workers come through the doors. The harm-reduction "sanctuary" provides clean needles, condoms and opportunities for change, should someone identify they want to exit the sex trade. Crouse, who works personally with some of the workers, says the centre was also about making the community feel safe.
And if there is something that they do want to do… something different… then we will support them there as well. YWCA spokesperson Jenn Fredericks says she has been a front line worker for several years and asked sex trade workers what was needed in the community.