Strolling Away

APPENDIX 1 - Research Questions and Tables (cont'd)

APPENDIX 1 - Research Questions and Tables (cont'd)

Table 12 - Could you identify the steps that it took to leave the street behind?
Variable Total Combined Male Sample Female Sample
Found a safe place to be 13% 0% 15%
Spiritual/god prayer 3% 0% 3%
Learning life & living skills 3% 20% 0%
Reconnect to family 5% 20% 3%
Pregnant 3% 0% 3%
Moved away/distance 16% 20% 15%
Rediscovering self/determination 26% 0% 31%
Support/resources exiting programs 10% 0% 12%
Employment/education 5% 20% 3%
Keeping kids/losing kids 3% 0% 3%
One day at a time 10% 0% 12%
Never left 3% 20% 0%
Total 100% 100% 100%


Table 13 - What was the most challenging lesson you learned after leaving the street?
Variable Total Combined Male Sample Female Sample
Birth/parenting/reproduction 6% 0% 7%
Negotiating relationships 19% 23% 18%
Trust/overcoming paranoia 19% 23% 19%
Sexual intimacy 2% 8% 1%
Personal recovery/discovering self loss 21% 14% 23%
Control of drug use 3% 0% 3%
Budgeting 9% 8% 9%
Education important 1% 8% 0%
Spirituality/faith 6% 0% 7%
One day at a time/replacing the pump/transition 12% 8% 12%
Never left 1% 8% 0%
Don’t know/unsure 1% 0% 1%
Total 100% 100% 100%

Note: A prompter format was used. "What three things?" prefaced this question. The goal was to create

dialogue and thought process for those being interviewed.

Table 14 - After leaving the street what do you think about it now?
Variable Total Combined Male Sample Female Sample
Revolting/battle scars/long term damage 24% 40% 21%
Black hole quick sand abuse danger 45% 20% 49%
Different/changes you 12% 20% 12%
Being straight okay/positive outlook 5% 0% 6%
Big secret/don’t ask, don’t tell 3% 0% 3%
Some good times 8% 0% 9%
Never left 3% 20% 0%
Total 100% 100% 100%


Table 15 - If someone was getting ready to leave the street what would you tell them to expect?
Variable Total Combined Male Sample Female Sample
Lonely/boredom/replace pump 16% 0% 18%
Battle/hard work/light end tunnel 55% 40% 58%
Get support/counselling/heal scars 16% 0% 18%
It’s easy to return 5% 20% 3%
Intimacy/relationship problems 5% 20% 3%
Never left 3% 20% 0
Total 100% 100% 100%


Table 16 - What has been the biggest surprise you have encountered since leaving the street?
Variable Total Combined Male Sample Female Sample
Long journey 24% 0% 27%
"I can do it"/live life 26% 40% 24%
Treachery/watch 21% 40% 18%
Renewal/spirituality 10% 0% 13%
Positive outlook 16% 0% 18%
Never left 3% 20% 0%
Total 100% 100% 100%


Table 17 - Do you have any carry-over rituals from the street?
Variable Total Combined Male Sample Female Sample
On guard/vigilante/cautious attitude 9% 18% 7%
Safety overly cautions 12% 9% 12%
Dissociate during sex/sex service 12% 18% 10%
Collect condoms 6% 0% 7%
Money rituals 20% 18% 21%
Trouble normalizing relationships 12% 9% 12%
Attitude protects 7% 0% 9%
Food/weight/eating issues 9% 9% 9%
Excessive hygiene habits 7% 0% 9%
Reminders clothing/needles 4% 9% 3%
Never left 1% 9% 0%
Don’t know/unsure 1% 0% 1%
Total 100% 100% 100%

Note: It is important to understand the % range of responses only represent those interviewed, and do not reflect all individuals who have entered the sexual exploitation trade.

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