Shift has a harm reduction and rights-based approach to sex work.
Shift is a Calgary-based program that provides support to adults currently or previously engaged in sex work. Shift uses a rights-based approach to sex work, recognizing that sex work is a choice for many and respecting the rights of adults to make this choice. Shift also recognizes that for some, factors such as poverty or exploitation can put people into situations where they don’t have control. The program meets people where they are at, whether they want to continue sex work, safely transition, or anything in-between.
What We Offer
- Emotional support and case management
- Free safer sex supplies and sexual health information
- Advocacy with income supports, housing, Child and Family Services, etc.
- Escort, massage, entertainment licensing information and support
- Support to access STBBI testing and treatment
- Referrals for low-cost contraception
- Working safely: “Bad Date” reporting, safer working strategies (date screening, condom negotiation)
- Referrals to mental health, substance use treatment, housing, financial, employment, basic needs, legal, etc.
Who is the Program For?
Shift provides support to adults currently and formerly working in the sex industry. Shift offers education sessions to community service providers, students, and the public about sex work and related topics.
Bad Date Sheet
Our Bad Date Sheet circulates details of persons that may pose a threat to sex workers. Bad date lists can serve as a warning system, so that sex workers can avoid persons who fit descriptions on the list.
Bad Date Forum
Shift has a sex worker only bad date forum. If you are interested in joining, contact shift at 587-999-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Report a Bad Date
If you have had a bad date or a concerning experience while meeting someone, we encourage you to report it using our form. Your experience may be a valuable addition to our Bad Date Sheet, which serves as a warning system for sex workers to identify and avoid individuals who may pose a risk to their safety. By reporting your experience, you could help prevent harm to others in the community. Our team takes all reports seriously and works to protect the safety and well-being of sex workers. We understand the importance of having a supportive and safe environment to work in, and we strive to make a positive difference. Please do not hesitate to report any incidents or concerns, and help us create a safer and more secure environment for everyone.
Follow Shift on Twitter
Want to stay up-to-date on all of our programs and initiatives? Follow our Twitter feed for the latest news and insights. From our Bad Date Sheet, a circulating list of individuals who may pose a risk to sex workers, to our other programs promoting safety and well-being in the community, we provide regular updates and resources to keep you informed and protected. Join our community and stay connected with us to learn more about how we're working to create a safer and more supportive environment for everyone.