Help work­ers find sta­ble life

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

MANY might be shocked by what they read in our spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion to­day (see pages 4&5).

But un­for­tu­nately, that’s the re­al­ity of what is hap­pen­ing just yards from peo­ple’s front doors every night of the year.

It’s fair for lo­cal res­i­dents to call for some­thing to be done to tackle pros­ti­tu­tion — they are the ones hav­ing to bear wit­ness to ex­plicit acts and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour from their own drive­ways or liv­ing rooms.

How­ever, the only way that this will go away is by get­ting to the bot­tom of why peo­ple get into pros­ti­tu­tion in the first place.

As one sex worker told us, peo­ple don’t choose to get into sell­ing their bod­ies on the streets for the fun of it — they do it be­cause they feel forced, un­able to find money any­where else to fund their drug ad­dic­tion.

And it might be that per­son’s fault that they ended up with an ad­dic­tion in the first place, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need sup­port, ad­vice and guid­ance on get­ting rid of it.

It’s bet­ter to help some­one beat their ad­dic­tion, get off the streets and find a sta­ble life­style than let them con­tinue putting them­selves and oth­ers in dan­ger by work­ing on the street every night.

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