Petition Update

Kent Police Scheme Meant to Help Women in Prostitution Instead Caused Harm

Jackie Summerford, Ruth Jacobs & Alex Bryce
London, United Kingdom

Feb 21, 2014 — "In 2009, Kent Police began a scheme in Medway called Safe Exit, supposedly to help women leave the sex trade by offering treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, training and education, and housing. These services along with others such as trauma therapy are needed by many women seeking to leave prostitution. But what our investigation uncovered was that instead of receiving these services, the women received a criminal record, a major obstacle preventing people leaving the sex trade by hindering other employment chances and keeping them trapped in prostitution...

This was not a scheme concerned with helping a group of vulnerable women. It was a scheme concerned with gentrification...

'Cleaning up the streets' campaigns come at the cost of human life and utterly fail women involved in on-street prostitution. The opposing model operating in Merseyside, which prioritises the protection of people in the sex trade over enforcement of the law, is what works."

Kent Police 'Safe Exit' Scheme Claiming to Help Women in Prostitution Instead Caused Them Harm
Kent Police 'Safe Exit' Scheme Claiming to Help Women in Prostitution Instead Caused Them Harm
This was not a scheme concerned with helping a group of vulnerable women. It was a scheme concerned with gentrification. The award Safe Exit received from Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, was for 'cleaning up the streets' and not for any help given to women leaving the sex trade.
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