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All of the women One25 works with have experienced trauma

This leads to life situations where they are stigmatised, marginalised, locked out of society. Many are in crisis and many are street sex-working.

Our vision is of a world where all women are safe, feel loved and thrive.

Last year, we supported 37 women to break free from street sex work, 48 were helped to avoid street sex work and 63 maintained their freedom. Overall, One25 worked with 241 women in 2019-20. And we don’t just want to see them make safer, healthier choices – we want to see them absolutely thrive!

There’s no one-story-fits all

They’re somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister, even somebody’s mother… Of the women we met last year:

All had experienced domestic and/or sexual violence.

49 were attacked.

66% had experienced childhood trauma.

82% were in active addiction.

81% experience chronic ill health.

68% experienced homelessness.

Each woman’s journey is unique and precious

We work with women who are marginalised in different ways. And One25 is the only organisation in Bristol specifically supporting street sex-working women. Our working ethos of unconditional love means we work with each woman who needs us until she is ready to move on. wherever she is on her journey, we give love and practical support, without judgement or expectation. We celebrate each step and we never give up.

The women we meet street sex-working are in desperate situations. They are 12 times more likely to be murdered than other women. About 80% experience homelessness, 92% have chronic ill health and nearly all are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. These women have all experienced domestic or sexual violence and many also experienced childhood trauma.

We meet women who are deeply traumatised from childhood abuse and violence. Yet these courageous women show tremendous skills and potential: in their supportive peer relationships, their creativity and humour, and their survival.

Statistics about street sex-working women
  • Nearly all are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol1
  • Average age of first drug/alcohol use was 13 years2
  • All suffer from chronic physical, mental and/or sexual health problems and half suffer from acute ill health2
  • The majority (nearly 80%) are homeless1
  • Over a third (38%) have been through fostering or children’s homes3
  • One third (32%) left school at 14 or younger and only 41% have any qualifications2
  • Their age range is 23-571
  • Women in street sex work are 12 times more likely to be murdered than the normal rate for all women in the same age group in the UK4

Sources:

  1. One25’s latest statistics on street sex-working women worked with in 2019-20
  2. Jeal, N and Salisbury, C (2007) ‘Health needs of parlour based prostitutes compared with street based prostitutes: a cross sectional survey’ International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 114 pp875-881. [Based on One25’s service users]
  3. Jeal, N and Salisbury, C (2004) ‘Self reported experiences of health services among street based prostitutes’ British Medical Journal 65 pp 123. [Based on One25’s service users]
  4. Salfati, C. G. (2009) ‘Prostitute Homicide: An Overview of the Literature and Comparison to Sexual and Non-Sexual Female Victim Homicide, pp. 51-68. In D. Canter, M. Ioannou, & D. Youngs (Eds.) Safer Sex in the City: The Experience and Management of Street Prostitution

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