NYC Council to pay $4M in services for sex workers despite cuts | KYR News

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The City Council will pay more than $4 million in services for sex workers this year — despite slashing $5 billion from its recently passed 2021 budget.

The funds will pay vendors for housing, medical care, job training, legal services, and street outreach to prostitutes. 

While COVID strains have forced the city to cut up to ten figures from agencies, non-profits providing services to sex workers say they’re more in need than ever.

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an influx of sex workers who are reaching out asking for assistance with paying rent, utilities and food,” said Sean Coleman, executive director of the Bronx LGBTQ Center Destination Tomorrow, whose $460,000 contract with the city was renewed in the 2020-2021 budget.  

Article by Thomas Miles

The founder of KYR News blog, Thomas, is also the writer for the General News, US News and Business News column of KYR News.