A day to raise global awareness of issues faced by sex workers takes place today, Wednesday 17th December.
The International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers raises awareness of the crimes committed against sex workers as well as the need to remove the stigma and discrimination that is often linked.
Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland said: “The main driver for the regional Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy is to work towards ending all forms of violence against women and girls. This includes protecting those involved in sex work, who are particularly vulnerable to violent and sexual crimes.
“People can become involved in sex work due to many things including homelessness, child sex abuse, ill health, trauma, previous sexual violence, drug and alcohol misuse and poverty. It is therefore important that a holistic support approach is given to those in need.”
Gaynor Trueman, Women’s Services Co-ordinator at A Way Out added: “The women who are involved in survival sex work put themselves at risk every day of extreme violence and abuse, not by choice, but to survive the desperate situations they find themselves in.
“These courageous women are stigmatised and marginalised from mainstream society as they are misunderstood. We need to ensure that when society talks about ending violence against women and girls, they mean all women, whatever their circumstances.”
Barry Coppinger concluded: “I am looking forward to working more closely with partners over the next 12 months, building upon previous successes in supporting and engaging with people to help them change their lifestyle.”
Posted on Wednesday 17th December 2014