- Decriminalize sex work by abolishing the practice of police using the possession of a large number of condoms as evidence that one is engaging in sex work.
- Implement policy so that sex workers who are HIV(+) are not added to the sex offender registry. Also, remove sex workers from the registry who were listed because of HIV status.
- Establish a phone line—free from judgment—for sex workers to use as a resource to obtain proper tools to maintain their health.
- Provide free PCR and RNA tests for sex workers to identify infection earlier than possible via traditional testing.
- Provide education to law enforcement on sex workers vs. sex traffic victims.
- Provide cultural competency training for law enforcement.
- Provide wrap-around services (housing, etc.) for those who choose sex work because of financial need.
- Partner with walk-in clinics to provide health screenings and other needed medical services.
- Hold focus group with sex workers on their needs to stay safe on the street.
- Obtain input from experienced sex workers to gain their advice on best practices to stay safe.
- Create manual for sex workers on how to remain medically safe. Make sure that such a guide is consistent with “FOSTA-SESTA” (“Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” and “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act”) laws.
Create resources and support for sex workers
High Priority and Disruptively Innovative
Potential Funding Sources
Estimated Funding Allocation
- Program Developer-$60,000
- Program Coordinator: $40,000
- Supplies/Resources/Training Material-$20,000
(Reported annually, locally monitored more frequently)
- # of laws modified around HIV criminalization
- # of Sex workers using support services
- # of support services offered for sex workers
- # of health screenings for identified sex workers
- Develop monitoring source for program
participation (Survey, database, etc.)
Monitoring Data Source
- Shelby County Health Department Jail/ Incarceration surveillance