Rogers asks Premier to fund SHOP program
NDP Critic for the Status of Women Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) has written to Premier Davis requesting that he review the application from the St. John’s Status of Women Council for funding to continue their Safe Harbour Outreach Program, which gives protetction and help to women involved in sex work.
Rogers’ note to the premier says, in part, “As you are aware SHOP is a comprehensive program and service for female sex workers …They assist women with health issues, safety measures and advocacy. They also help women find education, employment opportunities and housing for those who want to move out of sex work.
“SHOP often provides life saving work to some of our most vulnerable women, many of whom are young and some of whom are involved in sex work for survival. SHOP works closely with our police services and service organizations both public and non-governmental.”
Rogers notes that the SJSWC and SHOP have submitted applications for the funding it needs to at least four different Status of Women Ministers, including the premier himself, and have still not heard back from anyone.
“I know you have spoken about your concern for young women and sexual exploitation,” Rogers said in her letter. “In light of that I ask that you please review their application and grant them the funding they need to continue to do this life-saving work.”