Four months in, he says he has more than 350 clients, mostly sex workers aged 16 to 30.
- Survival sex work and increased HIV risk among sexual minority street-involved youth (2010): Sexual minority street youth are not only more likely to engage in survival sex work but also demonstrate elevated HIV risk behavior.
- HUSTLE: Men on the Move (2008): We are an outreach and support program which effectively offers a male/youth specific component to PEERS Vancouver.
- Male sex workers' support program stronger than ever (2012): When Matthew Taylor founded HUSTLE: Men on the Move in Vancouver in 2007, it was one of the few outreach organizations in Canada to work specifically with men in the sex industry, providing peer support, safer-sex materials, nutrition, harm reduction and needle exchanges to street-level sex workers and street-involved youth. There are still only a handful of male-specific support services that exist across the country.
So in the winter of 2010, when government funding issues threatened to close HUSTLEs parent agency, PEERS Vancouver, Taylor began looking to other options.
The hustlers of old stood on specific street corners waiting for johns.
Often, they did car dates - hopping into cars whose drivers slowed down to let them in.
He is no longer doing sex work, something he says he was determined to stop. So, when funding cuts forced SOS to close down in 2011, Lougheed was devastated.
In August, he made the decision to restart SOS on his own.
He offers counselling, safe-sex kits, and HIV and harm-reduction information, and he connects clients to job-skills training and assistance with schooling and housing.