SWAN Waterloo is thrilled to announce that we have re-started our drop-in program for and by sex workers! On May 26th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, sex workers are invited to drop by ACCKWA’s hub to hangout for solidarity, snacks, and free resources (including clothing, hygiene products, safer sex materials, and more).
This drop-in program is designed to be a place where sex workers can come together and gain access to needed resources and community without judgement, policing, or surveillance. ACCKWA’s hub is located at 1770 King St E unit 5, Kitchener, ON N2G 2P1. This hangout will take place on a bi-weekly basis.
SWAN Waterloo can provide sex workers with:
Coffee, tea, and snacks
Condoms and lube
Harm reduction supplies
Clothing, soaps, lotions, etc.
Menstrual hygiene supplies
STI testing clinic(s)
Resources and referrals
Opportunities to get involved and have their voice heard
Time to speak and build community with other sex workers in the region
Why create a drop-in program for sex workers?
Sex workers are currently, and have historically, been shunned and excluded from online and physical spaces (i.e. downtown districts, craigslist). Being intentional in claiming space is an act of liberation and resistance.
Marginalization creates a greater need for services and support.
Sex workers have few safe spaces and non-biased places to access resources.
Sex workers know what they need most, and where marginalization lies. This is why our drop in program is sex worker led.
To create an opportunity for sex workers to network and organize in ways which don’t exist in Waterloo Region.
To have somewhere that understands and affirms sex workers’ lives, needs, and experiences; in a world that doesn’t want to.
Safety and lack of surveillance is of utmost importance so we are not releasing the exact location on social media.