We have just finished our impact report for the last year and are amazed at all the women have achieved in just twelve months. The statistics show their incredible journeys, with more than a third (59 out of 147 street sex-working women) breaking free from sex work on Bristol’s streets. We also cared for 24 women who were at risk of entering street sex work, enabling all but one to avoid this lifestyle. We are so privileged to walk alongside all these incredibly courageous women in their journey from the streets to hard-won recovery.
Women in sex work are often deeply traumatised from childhood abuse and from the violence of life on the streets and face huge hurdles to overcome the challenging circumstances they live in. Of the women on the streets last year:
This year, we supported 78 women who were in recovery from addiction and the streets in building new, independent lives. Our report shows that:
There are fewer sex-working women on Bristol’s streets now than there used to be, and numbers continue to fall, as the examples below demonstrate:
Together we hold hope for these women that their lives can continue to blossom. We remain mindful of the many women still out there who need One25 and those who devastatingly return back to this dangerous lifestyle. Last year eight women who had celebrated over a year of freedom from the streets and drug use relapsed and returned to us in need.