S.H.O.P. exists to advocate for the human rights of sex workers.
We know that there are as many different lived experiences in sex work as there are sex workers. We firmly believe that sex workers are the experts of their own lives, and everything we do is rooted in that philosophy.
We serve women for whom sex work is an occupation; we also serve women who are in the industry not by choice, who are wishing to exit. We support everyone who identifies as a current or former sex worker, regardless of industry sector area – this means that we are here for dancers, street level workers, in and out call workers, web cam workers, phone workers, independent escorts, those who work in massage parlors, and more.
S.H.O.P. is a proud member of the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform. We believe that decriminalization is the first step towards access to human and labour rights and stigma reduction for sex workers.
In partnership with the NL sexual assault centre, we operate the Warn Other Workers (WOW) line, an anonymous, 24/7 toll-free phone line that sex workers can call to share information about assaults or get direct support from a crisis line volunteer. Call WOW on 1-800-726-2743 from anywhere in the province.
S.H.O.P. believes in:
- the value of sex workers and their self determination
- the power of harm reduction
- the pursuit of social justice
S.H.O.P. is located in the St. John’s Women’s Centre
170 Cashin Avenue Extension
St. John’s, NL, A1E-3B6
Phone: (709) 753-0220
Fax: (709) 753-3817