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There is some justice in the world after all. Eaves, the London based so called charity (most of its funding derives from tax payers through government donations) that once worked hand in hand with labour ministers and with a host of anti sex work lobby groups to generate and maintain an hysteria over trafficking (which it still does) has lost out in its latest attempt to attract yet more government funding so that it can “Rescue victims of sex trafficking”. The government is instead awarding the monies to the Salvation Army
I doubt few sex workers will shed a tear at this news. As a project Eaves has been responsible for funding some very dubious research and supporting an ideology of hatred toward the sex industry and to sex workers and our clients that has won it little but derision from sex workers.
I am not sure if the Salvation Army is going to be less ideological in its dislike of the sex industry being a Christian faith based organisation but historically at least the Salvation army has mostly concentrated on dealing with issues and people rather than creating and maintaining myths and hysteria. Time will tell.
It is worth noting that the government is awarding a six million pounds grant from tax payers money to support work around trafficking. This proves that dspite the lack of credible evidence for huge number of trafficked victims, the rescue industry that maintains the hysteria in contrast is both large and very, very lucrative for those involved. Think what sex worker rights groups could achieve with a fraction of that money. Instead of sex workers rights groups relying on a few over worked individuals we could instead commission research and create better and more effective lobbying to inform the public about the reality of our work and WE could work toward ending abuse and trafficking in our industry. INSTEAD SEX WORKERS LIVE IN FEAR OF THE POLICE.
SEX TRAFFICKING CHARITY LOSES OUT TO SALVATION ARMY OVER £6m CONTRACT
A charity that pioneered specialist services for victims of sexual trafficking, providing refuge and therapeutic support for hundreds of abused and exploited women, faces an uncertain future after ministers withdrew its funding.
Eaves Housing has accused ministers of taking an “ideological decision” after they awarded a £6m contract to run the Poppy Project services it has developed and provided over the past eight years to the Salvation Army.
It said the decision marked a change in the way government supports care for victims of trafficking: “They were after a bare minimum service, not a specialist service.”
The move came as it was announced that a woman who was a repeated victim of sex trafficking is to be paid substantial damages by the Home Office after it returned her to Moldova, despite the fact that she faced grave dangers there.
Read the Guardian story