Mums ‘selling sex to feed their children as benefit cuts hit Hull’s poorest’

Benefit tales

WOMEN are turning to prostitution to feed their children as welfare reforms hit the poorest and most vulnerable families in Hull.

Staff at the Lighthouse Project, a charity supporting street workers in Hull, have seen a increase in women turning to prostitution as unemployment rates soar and benefit cuts take hold.

Humberside Police is about to launch a new campaign to help the women after recognising the problem, Anne Dannerolle, chair of trustees at the charity, revealed they are now giving out food parcels to the women selling their bodies for sex. She said:

“We have started to see women who are literally starving and they are out there to feed themselves.”

“Often, that is because of benefit cuts or sanctions, when their benefit cuts are taken away from them for a couple of weeks. I have a real concern about that. “If they have no one to turn to…

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