Young Women's Trust

The Amber Project

Over 95% of street prostitutes are addicted to class ‘A’ drugs, mostly heroin and crack cocaine. Tragically, addiction can take hold at a very young age. This project will support girls and women (some as young as 15) to get clean and safely exit prostitution.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (217868)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£7,000

Amount raised

£13,729

Donations

31

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

  • I didn‚Äôt take drugs when I was little. I used to look after my little brother while my mum and dad got off their faces.

    — Amber project participant

  • I want to carry on now, so I am just trying my best. I want a better life for myself. I am worth more and I can now see a future for myself.

    — Amber project participant

  • I started working the streets at 13 to pay for my habit; going with men for money. It‚Äôs really difficult to stop once you started on drugs.

    — Amber project participant

  • I didn’t take drugs when I was little. I used to look after my little brother while my mum and dad got off their faces.

    — Amber project participant

  • I started working the streets at 13 to pay for my habit; going with men for money. It’s really difficult to stop once you started on drugs.

    — Amber project participant

  • I want to carry on now, so I am just trying my best. I want a better life for myself. I am worth more and I can now see a future for myself.

    — Amber project participant

Situation

Street prostitutes lead chaotic lives with many complex social issues, often they have fled abusive homes, become homeless, suffer high levels of mental health problems and abuse drugs and alcohol to survive the day-to-day horrors of their lives. Nottingham and Ealing have a high number of sex workers. We currently run this project in Nottingham. Ealing Police asked us to help increasing numbers of girls and women working there, to escape the vicious cycle of drugs and prostitution.

Solution

These girls and women are very cautious about whom they trust. Platform 51 has built solid relationships and draws on decades of success working holisitically with this group. Firstly we collaborate with drug centres to get girls and women through rehabilitation. Secondly, we work intensively to identify and overcome barriers to exiting prostitution. Girls and women can access courses on tenancy, parenting, maths, English and positive mental health, during and after this course.