Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Helping Sex Workers Stay Safe ; Charity Is Only One of Its Kind in Manchester They Offer Practical Support and Advice

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Helping Sex Workers Stay Safe ; Charity Is Only One of Its Kind in Manchester They Offer Practical Support and Advice

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ACHARITY that works to improve the lives of female sex workers is hoping for support from the Wish List.

Manchester Action on Street Heath (MASH) has been running for 22 years and helps over 500 sex workers.

Cate Allison, 53, the charity's chief executive, said: "We are it. We are the only charity that does this in Manchester. The most excluded group of people in society is sex workers."

MASH provides emotional support to women involved in the sex trade as well as roundthe-clock health advice. The charity also gives out free condoms, clean syringes and personal alarms.

"Street sex workers often have a lot of thing going on in their lives. Our focus is helping women stay safe on the street and providing outreach," Cate said.

The charity mainly works out of a centre on Fairfield Street but it also has a van which drives around the city, looking out for street workers.

Cate said: "If you think about being there every night in the dark and cold then a friendly face is appreciated and we are trusted. …

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