£10,000 donated to help prostitutes

EMERGENCY funding has been made available to keep prostitutes off the streets while the serial killer stalking Ipswich is on the run.

EMERGENCY funding has been made available to keep prostitutes off the streets while the serial killer stalking Ipswich is on the run.

A national charitable trust has donated £10,000 which will be given to prostitutes so they do not need to sell sex for money in the town's red-light district.

The money has been given to the Iceni Project in Fore Street which runs programmes to help people through drug addictions.

Already £5,000 has been made available and the remaining £5,000 will be provided in coming weeks.

It will be used to pay rent for the women and could be used to pay bills, debts and living expenses - whatever is needed to prevent the women from risking their safety by working the streets.

Massage parlour workers, many of whom have also stopped working, are also being offered assistance.

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Brian Tobin, co-founder and project manager at the Iceni Project, said: “They've given the Iceni Project the flexibility to spend the money on any issue that concerns the vulnerability of individuals regarding the current situation.

“It's to keep them safe and get them out of harms way.

“We're looking at paying their rent for the time being so they don't have to worry about that.

“We're sending one girl away to her parents for Christmas and we've paid for one girl's car to be fixed.

“If someone is in unsafe accommodation or of no fixed abode we'll look at paying a deposit.

“It's addressing a whole list of financial constraints which will prevent them from having to go out to work.”

Mobile phone top-up cards are also to be paid for so that the women can keep in touch with agencies working to help ensure their safety.

Doctors are also working with community drug workers to offer women help with handling their drug addictions, with the promise that substitute medications like methadone will be arranged.

Prostitutes and massage parlour workers facing financial trouble should call Brian Tobin at the Iceni Project on 01473 214006 or Simon Anness at the Community Drug Team in Berner's Street on 01473 236069.

Other agencies helping the women which also need financial help can also get in touch.

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