Prostitutes in Scotland can no more ply their trades during these hard times of Coronavirus especially because of the lockdown so they can’t take to the streets to exhibit their ‘goods and services’ for potential customers.
At the back of this, the Scottish Government has made available funds to support prostitutes.
According to Evening Express, a total of £61,771 will be given to nine organizations to provide financial and emotional assistance to sex workers in Scotland.
Community Safety Minister Ash Denham said that women working in the sex trade may be experiencing “extreme hardship” and are less likely to be able to access support.
Stigma and the hidden nature of prostitution creates a barrier to engagement with mainstream services.
“No one should feel unsupported during this crisis,” Ms Denham said.
“Stigma and the hidden nature of prostitution creates a barrier to engagement with mainstream services.
“It is essential that specialist services, such as those within the Encompass Network, provide a bridge to national support and this funding will enable such services to reach out to women to help them access assistance and counselling.”
She added: “We understand that the outbreak of Covid-19 and the lockdown measures raises the risk of harm to victims of gender-based violence.
“We continue to work closely with victim support organisations and justice partners to understand the impact Covid-19 is having on those most at risk, including where additional support may be required, in order to help keep all of Scotland’s communities safe.”