‘Barriers’ to women leaving prostitution
SINEAD Daly, manager of Dundee Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, said record numbers of women were seeking help from the organisation — and many of them had addiction problems.
She said: “I’m not surprised to hear this woman is a drug addict.
“Our service engages with people with severe addiction problems. That’s why we have a substance misuse worker contracted to Cair Scotland who works with anyone with any form of substance misuse.
“She helps people become more stabilised and try to manage and eventually overcome the addiction they have. We coordinate people’s needs with other services that are available and people can be fast-tracked to combat a wide range of issues they have to deal with.
“That can include things like safe practices — for example, needle-exchanges — a wide range of things.
“There’s no doubt that most of our service users have significant substance abuse issues. These are the issues that need addressed as they act as a barrier to women exiting prostitution.
“The reality is there are a number of women who are experiencing issues with benefits as well.”