Does life in East London force women into prostitution or is it that these women simply find it an easy way to make money?
Do you sympathise with prostitutes or not?
The London Councils has just set aside money to help organisations in places like Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham answer such questions and rescue women from prostitution.
Eaves Housing for Women has been allocated over £440 000 to investigate and tackle the root causes and pathways into trafficking and prostitution across all the London boroughs, including East London.
The scheme will also help provide outreach services, advice, training, and access to supported housing for women seeking to escape from a life of prostitution.
The New Horizon Youth Centre will receive around £170 000 to help towards outreach advice workers and the Women and Girls Network will provide counselling to women involved in prostitution to help them seek a new way of life.
A 2004 Home Office consultation on prostitution estimates that 115 women are on the streets in London on any one night.
Additonally, the findings of a London Assembly report on Street prostitution in London from 2005 says there are as many as 5,000 women working in around 800 saunas, massage parlours and escort agencies across the capital providing sexual services.
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