Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has today published a strategy for how it will provide services to help people leave prostitution.
The strategy is the result of a clause in the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 which requires the Department to create both a strategy and a programme of assistance for people wishing to leave prostitution.
CARE in NI supported the inclusion of this clause in the Act and welcomes the publication of the strategy. However we are disappointed that, due to severe financial pressures, the strategy and programme of assistance are currently limited to pointing people to existing statutory services and will not provide specialist or tailored support.
We hope that in due course additional funding will become available to help people in Northern Ireland exit prostitution and CARE in NI will continue to raise this issue with the Northern Ireland Executive over the coming years.