Thursday, April 13, 2006

UK Outreach Program Receives £2.4 million

As posted on the UK's Government News Network site this week:
A new national 24 hour Outreach Service - the first in the UK for victims of human sex trafficking - will be set up through the POPPY scheme thanks to £2.4 million Government funding, Home Office Minister Paul Goggins announced today.

The POPPY Project, run through Eaves Housing for Women, was launched in 2003 and provides a combination of safe accommodation and support for victims of trafficking.

The new funding, £2.4 million over the next two years, will pay for:

* a specialist team of four outreach workers who will work alongside law enforcement agencies and immigration to identify and assist trafficked women escape from prostitution;

* the continued provision of 25 acute beds offering safe accommodation and one to one support for trafficked women in the immediate stages after they have left prostitution;

* ten new step-down places, enabling women to gradually gain their independence but ensuring vital support is still on hand for when they need it; and

* a new resource pack which will provide information and advice for victims, other support projects and law enforcement personnel.

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