Community empowerment-based interventions that prioritize the engagement of sex workers show promising results.
Peer-to-peer interventions, wherein sex workers act as educators of their colleagues, managers, clients and romantic partners, foster community mobilization and critical consciousness among sex workers and equip them to exercise agency in their work and personal lives.
Participants' critical consciousness increased concerning issues of diversity in cultural background, sexual orientation, work experiences and gender identity.
Peer support programs provide an opportunity for consumers who have achieved significant recovery to assist others in their recovery journeys.
Peer specialists model recovery, teach skills and offer supports to help people experiencing mental health challenges lead meaningful lives in the community.
Participants were encouraged to actively shape the training program, which fostered positive relationships and solidarity among them, as well as with colleagues in their social network and with the local sex worker organization housing the program.
Resources were also mobilized within the sex worker community through skills building and knowledge acquisition.
A pilot peer health education program was developed and implemented, with and for sex workers in one urban centre in Canada.