During the first five months of the pandemic, the number of people who contacted a sex worker support group in St. John’s jumped by 100, according to the head of the St. John’s Status of Women Council.

Laura Winters said the spike in the number of people who found themselves scrambling for extra help was “staggering.”

“That’s (the program’s) rate of growth usually in a year, a year and a half,” she said in an interview Tuesday.