Their research found that women who experienced both material and sexual violence from police also experienced a range of other vulnerabilities, like a history of trafficking, poor working conditions and being raped by a client. Police violence, in all its forms, makes sex work less safe and violates human rights.
From the publication Abstract:
"Despite de jure decriminalization of sex work, police violence against FSWID at the México–United States border is pervasive with implications for sex- and drug-related harms. Closing gaps in policy implementation and mitigating material/sexual violence from police is imperative to decreasing economic vulnerability, risk of overdose and HIV, and improving engagement in HIV and harm reduction services."