East London gets sex worker centre

A project will open next month to help sex workers in East London. The U-Turn Project will work with prostitutes on five-year programmes to change their lives.

It has hired a church hall in Bethnal Green, which it will share with NSPCC staff from the Street Matters campaign, which works with young women at risk of falling into prostitution.

Sex workers involved in the project will run the hall as a women's centre.

It will provide parenting classes and drug services. Project director Rio Vella said the charity had raised £80,000 so far - enough to keep the project running for six months.

"Our work is in line with government initiatives so there is no reason why we shouldn't be able to access more money," said Vella.

The project will be launched on February 23 at Shoreditch Town Hall.

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