During the course strete the day, they are given the hard facts about street prostitutes, in a bid to change their perceptions and their behaviour.
Sergeant Paul Valentine explained: "It challenges the lifestyle of street workers and men are asked to assume the role of female relatives and how they feel". Watch our web exclusive interview with a prostitute: Zero re-offending So far none of the men who completed the course in Northampton have re-offended. We also spoke to a former prostitute who believes that the course itself is not the whole answer. She explains that prostitutes "are the most vulnerable people in our community", and describes the average street prostitute as young, addicted to drugs, diseased and homeless.
She says nearly half of them have been raped more than five times. Her view is that to end street prostitution you need to work with both the kerb crawlers and the prostitutes. The following experts and professionals had been approached: Martin Barnes, Chief Executive, DrugScope, - willing to come to next scheduled meeting - 13 April.
The organisation had carried out research into legalisation of drugs. It is generally opposed to the legalisation of drugs but does support Government radical reforms. Michelle Williamson, Community Nurse, NDAS, was welcomed and explained her role with those in trouble in relation to drugs and rehabilitation attendance.
She had four years experience as general nurse in the prison service and had seen different approaches to the problem. Her steet post as Community Nurse dealt with drug offenders referred through the Probation Service and concerned people committing acquisitive crime to fund drug habits. She explained Drug Testing Orders and emphasised they were not an easy option in preference to a custodial sentence.
An Order was from a period of six months to three years. It looked at how to treat the client, keeping them off drugs and installing a whole new life style package.
Clients were assessed for their suitability for community detox treatment e. Psychologists would assess the clients; many had a history of being around drugs, for example, parents, friends, close family being users and the client might have been using cannabis and alcohol from an early age.
Often drug use was due to peer pressure. The NDAS primary concern was heroin use and occasionally crack cocaine, but mainly opiate offences.
They also received referrals from clients using recreation drugs, such as, cannabis and ecstasy. NDAS did not deal with alcohol abusers.
The unit ensured prescribing continued with the detox programme. There were residential possibilities but funding was an issue. A new Order due to come into place in Aprilwould have a wider remit, including alcohol. Michelle prostitutte many questions covering: NDAS could not enforce rehabilitation attendance. NDAS worked closely with the Probation Service and Magistrates would deal with breaches of attendance through the legal system.
Many drug users give a prostitjte of having been around drugs before starting themselves. Often starting with cannabis or drinking at an early age with social circle and peer pressure to progress. Users can begin as recreational users and progress.
Heroin is more addictive than ecstasy and cannabis; the psychological addiction being worst. Those dabbling in heroin will usually become addicted.
People from all social backgrounds and in all walks of life can become users and it is hard to pinpoint reasons. These usually have a good income. NDAS work is with the offending drug-users. In Kettering prostigute Corby there were specific types: Those living on council estates where the whole social scene is drug use and there is great deprivation.
They type steet person is not socially exclusive — it depends on exposure.
We can go to schools and look at offending behaviour and see 14 year olds in middle class schools exposed to drug use. In inner cities we can find the same. Both situations will talk of northzmpton injecting in front of them. An offending drug-user can be imprisoned or can be given this programme. NDAS had a good retention rate and also deals with offenders coming out of prison.
Completion entailed reaching the end of the Drug Testing Order without going back to prison. This does not mean they do not re-offend or come off drugs. Not all clients finished the treatment completely.
The social background of drug users was difficult to pinpoint. There were in the main two types of users and offenders: - Drug using offenders — Offending because they did not have the means to fund the habit Offending drug users — Usually had a good income.
NDAS did not generally deal with these. Drug users were not socially exclusive, often dependent on exposure. For at least 22 years, Northampton has had a drug problem.