I recently had a training on IEC development where we were required to develop messages for different audiences including sex workers. One of the group members after the material was developed shared that it is useless to talk to sex workers because they don’t care about their lives. Pre-testing the material had to be done and he was tasked to meet with them. At first he refused but later said yes but he will only observe.
During the pretesting when the sex workers were interviewed about their lives and want to protect themselves and their clients.
After the session the officer engaged the sex workers further in terms of their health needs. Now the officer wants to champion sex worker issues. Now he views them differently. He shares that’s they are caring, considerate and very respectful, which he didn’t expect from a sex worker. He plans to invite sex workers to orient his staff.