SCOT-PEP’s funding withdrawn

January 20, 2009 at 10:12 pm (Caroline S, sex workers)

SCOT-PEP, or the Scottish Prostitutes Education Project, describes itself as “promoting health and dignity in prostitution”. Want their creds? Sure you do –

Between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007 SCOT-PEP worked with 557 individuals – recording 3,977 contacts. Services and support were provided to an average of 122 sex workers each month. 367 of our service users were indoor-based sex workers and 89 were street-based sex workers. During the year contact was maintained with sex workers in 37 establishments.

The average number of individuals accessing sessions were:

daytime service
establishment outreach
night-time services
10.43 (189 sessions)
6.41 (86 sessions)
10.94 (97 sessions)

We provided
info and advice to 404 individuals on 2,627 occasions;
a listening ear to 318 individuals on 1,669 occasions;
referrals for 192 individuals on 1,152 occasions;
high level support to 8 individuals on 12 occasions;
and our website received 5,729 hits.

Safe Sex Supplies – SCOT-PEP distributed 91,063 condoms.

Ugly Mug Scheme – SCOT-PEP received 81 Ugly Mug reports in 2006/7 with information being shared amongst sex workers to alert them to potentially dangerous clients – related to:

Abduction
Rape
Assault
Robbery
Attempted murder
Sexual Assault
Other
0
7
36
4
1
6
27 (including verbal abuse, harassment and intimidation)

Moving On – 29 (33%) of street-based and 142 (47%) of indoor-based sex workers have moved on from the Edinburgh sex industry since 2005/6.

So, their funding’s been withdrawn by NHS Lothian (see SCOT-PEP’s front page for details); SCOT-PEP will lose £150 000 per year and six jobs will be lost, which means from the 31st March, the group will be unable to provide outreach and support services to sex workers in Edinburgh.

Now, this is crap in itself, but don’t forget Scotish laws have recently changed, which has led to an increase in violence against sex workers.

The group plan to restructure as a voluntary campaigning group,

bringing together sex workers and allies to argue for better legislation and services and ensure the voices of sex workers are not lost.

They’re gonna need support.

Here’s their fundraising page with the details, which include options of a one-off donation or regular donations. Do check out these pages for more information, or ring the Project Manager, Ruth Morgan Thomas, on 0131 622 7550.

Also, if you wish to voice your concerns at the withdrawl of funding, you can email Jim Sherval, Public Health Specialist at NHS Lothian – jim.sherval@lhb.scot.nhs.uk

(corss-posted at Sex In The Public Square)

8 Comments

  1. SCOT-PEP’s funding withdrawn « Better burn that dress, sister. said,

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  2. Renegade Evolution said,

    this is a complete outrage. end of story.

  3. Bubbly Creek said,

    Give them the cubs, and Wrigley field.

    It is a pragmatic step in the journey to sane statistics

    Why did we have to wait so long, Obama has only been in da job fifteen minutes, and the red baps are cracking!

    It kind of makes up for the FBI finding more pedos in Scotland in five minutes than the jocks could since 1950.

  4. Caroline said,

    … and don’t derail this thread either, mmkay?

  5. Renegade Evolution said,

    Where is that pesky thing called PROOF again???

  6. voltairespriest said,

    Same place as his previous life as a secret squirrel, I’d imagine.

  7. inside information said,

    Don’t be fooled by scot-pep ok? don’t believe evereything you hear.

  8. christina doolan said,

    trying 2 get in contact with u all, friends!please reply miss u all dearly.x

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