The Manchester Prostitution Forum’s Strategy 2016/18 has four priorities which are:
- Protect those involved in or affected by sex work
- Develop and maintain relationships, gather and share intelligence
- Support positive and healthier choices to improve the health and wellbeing of sex workers
- Respond to and manage change
The Prostitution Strategy 2016/18 helps us to meet the objectives of the Community Safety Strategy 2018/21 and its goal of protecting people. One of our main aims is to stop people from becoming a victim of criminal activity, which targets vulnerable people, or where someone might be exploited or harmed. This might be from modern slavery, domestic violence and abuse, female genital mutilation, so-called honour based violence, sexual exploitation, or sham marriages.
The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) wants to work with partners to protect people from serious harm, so grants of up to £5,000 are available for activities to protect:
- sex workers
- those who are involved in the sex industry
- those exploited through sex work
This activity could include, for example:
- Setting up a service to support sex workers, for example around violence, personal safety, trafficking, or exploitation
- Using findings from research into online sex work and support needs
- Signposting and spreading awareness of support services for sex workers with drug, alchohol, health, accomodation or other problems.