Old profession taught new tricks in Doncaster

A
training scheme designed to get prostitutes off Doncaster’s street and into new
jobs may be expanded and repeated elsewhere.

Reed
in Partnership (part of the Reed recruitment and training group) and
Streetreach, (the prostitute support organisation), has helped 30 women to find
work as beauticians, hairdressers, sales assistants and holiday camp reps.

The
scheme is backed by the Department of Work and Pensions and run in conjunction
with the South Yorkshire Police vice unit in Doncaster.

Reed
in Partnership managing director Chris Melvin said the organisation is talking
with its partners, Streetreach and the police, about getting further funding
and expanding the work in the town and to extend the scheme to other areas.

Doncaster
police said there are around 240 prostitutes working the streets in the area,
with the problem made worse by the growing availability of heroin and crack
cocaine which comes into the UK at nearby Hull.

By Quentin Reade

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