BARBADOS- The National HIV/AIDS Commission is appealing to Barbadians to join its campaign to get sex workers off the streets and into mainstream employment.
This week, Behaviour Change Communication Specialist Cecilia Neblett-Brathwaite made the appeal during a meeting with sex workers affiliated with Anonymous Hope (formerly the Women’s Empowerment Movement).
“We want to make sure these women have outlets to continue to the next step. We acknowledge that there is discrimination regarding sex work, but we want Barbadians to see this as any other group trying to change.
Neblett-Brathwaite said at the commission’s Warrens, St Michael office, “We want the public to be on board and assist us in our efforts so that we can move these ladies from one part of their lives to the next because they are interested in working, full-time employment, education, and developing their children.
She mentioned that they have enrolled people in training for housekeeping so far and they are hoping to enroll more in barbering, tailoring, culinary arts, and other professions. The organization also provides condoms and other resources.