‘Sell­ing sex on the street changes you but we need to buy drugs’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY STEVEN RAE

“OF course I want out of this, of course I do. It af­fects you and it changes you for­ever.”

These are the words of a woman gripped by drug ad­dic­tion and sell­ing her body on the streets of Dundee.

A spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Tele has un­cov­ered what life is like for women who spend their nights sell­ing sex on the city’s Ar­broath Road.

It fol­lowed a pub­lic meet­ing on Mon­day when res­i­dents told po­lice and other au­thor­i­ties that the ar­eas around their homes had be­come a “red light zone”.

The Tele had spent only 30 sec­onds speak­ing to a young woman who was lin­ger­ing be­side a bus stop near Mont­gomerie Av­enue be­fore she had of­fered to have sex with our re­porter — who was pos­ing as a mem­ber of the pub­lic at the time — for £40.

The woman, who said her name was Steph, spoke openly about her ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing in pros­ti­tu­tion, both be­fore and af­ter our re­porter re­vealed his true iden­tity.

She re­vealed she had been en­gag­ing in pros­ti­tu­tion for only “a few months” and that she charged £40 for sex or other sex acts.

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