A charity’s online initiative to offer support to women who work as prostitutes is among ten projects to share £15m through the Tampon Tax Fund. The initiative has been handed £1.09m and is being rolled out across Scotland by criminal justice charity Sacro, to support women who work as prostitutes and use the internet to find clients. It will reach out to women online, providing basic safety information and support as well as signpost them to specialist one-to-one support services. Sacro has been offering help to women at risk of or involved in sex work in Edinburgh, Lothians and Scottish Borders through its Another Way scheme for the last 14 years. “This is great news for Sacro and our partners from women’s support and the Encompass Network,” said Sacro Chief Executive Tom Halpin. “Our Another Way service established our support working with women involved in prostitution for 14 years and we’ve seen how the landscape has changed with the advent of digital technologies. “This will enable us to reach many more women; focusing on their safety and health and ensuring they can access support as and when they need it”. A total of ten charity projects, tackling issues such as homelessness, modern slavery, problem gambling and violence against women, are sharing £15m through this latest Tampon Tax Fund round of funding.
The Fund was set up to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable women. So far it has handed more than 70 charities a total of £62m. “It is absolutely right we invest money from sanitary products in projects to give more women and girls the help and support they need to address difficult challenges they face in our society,” said Minister for Civil Society Mims Davies. “This important funding will help thousands more vulnerable women of all ages across our communities. “It will provide more of the opportunities they need to rebuild their lives.”