I don't think it should just be programs like ours. I think there are programs that the opposite side is providing as well. We believe there are women who got into prostitution one way or another, and I believe they get to a place in their life when they decide they would like to leave, and it's hard to leave that industry. So I believe that money should be divided not just on our side, but on the side where they have a full understanding of what it's like to be there for 10 or 20 years. They can also assist those girls who would like to leave voluntarily one day because they have decided, not because the government tells them to.
But there are programs currently available across Canada. There are agencies, and not just Walk With Me. As I said, there are agencies on their side of the fence too that offer job counselling and therapy. There needs to be a lot of therapy once you leave this industry on your own or once you are rescued, whichever way you leave.
There are emergency safe houses where you stay for up to three days, which is one of our services. Then hopefully you go to an assessment centre. This is already being done in the United States. In the United States prostitution is illegal so when you go before a judge you get arrested, instead of going to jail you're asked to go into a treatment centre for up to three months, an assessment centre where they ask you why you originally entered this industry and how they can help you out.
The same law was just proposed. It's called a diversion program in the Los Angeles area. After a three-month assessment, a time where you literally relax, eat, sleep, and take a break from life and society, you go to a rehabilitation program for up to one year, which is no different than going to rehab for drugs or alcohol. This is an addictive lifestyle, and you need all the help you can get.
Those are the programs that can help you heal and be reintegrated as a healthy member of society so you can start paying taxes and contributing.