‘Bar­ri­ers’ to women leav­ing pros­ti­tu­tion

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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.”

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