9 OUT OF 10 WOMEN INVOLVED IN PROSTITUTION WOULD LIKE TO EXIT.

However, they feel they have no other option for survival
 

WE
BELIEVE

A LACK OF OPPORTUNITY SHOULD NEVER BE MISTAKEN FOR A LACK OF ALTERNATIVE AMBITION.

 
 

Project Turnkey provides a service for people who have been involved in prostitution, or who are at risk of becoming involved, and wish to change the course of their lives.

We designed our programme in response to government studies, advocacy groups, and feedback from those involved in prostitution. They all identified key barriers, that drive a person to prostitution and prevent them from leaving it behind.

There are approximately 72,800 people engaging in prostitution across the UK. In sample studies, the following issues have been shown to affect the majority:

Suffering childhood violence

Problematic alcohol and drug use

Housing problems

Having a criminal conviction

Project Turnkey CIC aims to help our beneficiaries develop alternative coping methods, to encourage their skills and aptitudes, and to give them confidence in the protection offered by legal system to help them re-engage with society.

 
 

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THERE
ARE

 
 
 
 

HUMAN COSTS

Research has shown that women involved in prostitution are 16 times more exposed to rape than the general population and 12 times more likely to commit suicide.

They are also 4.5 times more likely to be using sleeping pills or other drugs than the general public average.

47% of people involved in prostitution were victims of crime including rape and robbery.

Providing dedicated support to help women who want to exit is repeatedly found to be an extremely cost-effective way of preventing further physical or emotional harm associated with their continued involvement in prostitution.

We therefore believe our service is a valuable addition the support ecosystem, alongside the vital harm reduction support delivered across Scotland.

FINANCIAL COSTS

Recent EU research in France has shown the economic costs of prostitution to be as high as 1.6 Billion Euros per year.

These costs can be broken down into the following categories:

a. Direct medical costs
(hospitals, excessive use of medicines)

b.Direct non medical costs (police/legal/judiciary)

c. Direct social consequences (housing/social support/prison)

d. Indirect social consequences (homicides/suicides/placing of children in care)

e. Human costs
(violence/drug addiction)

f. Loss in taxation revenue.

 

WE
ARE

A TEAM COMMITTED TO EMPOWERING OTHERS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE, ENCOURAGEMENT, AND OPPORTUNITY THAT EMPOWERS US.

 
 
 
 

Founded by Erika Grant, at the time an undergraduate at the University of Aberdeen (now a graduate of LLB Law and the postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice), Project TurnKey is the result of 3 years of development of partnerships, networks, and collaborations.

In that period, working relationships have been established with 15 other organisations and public bodies, and the Project and its founder have won multiple awards.

The most recent being the Converge Challenge Social enterprise category.

The project is staffed by 4 dedicated law student volunteers who deliver our 10 week programme of workshops alongside our founder.

The board of directors is currently under development, with appointments to be announced shortly.

We are extremely grateful to have had the support of many organisations and individuals, who have provided partnership opportunities, funding, work space, advice, and contacts over the years.

Please follow us on social media for updates as they happen.

 
 

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WE
PROVIDE

A SERVICE TO GIVE PEOPLE OPTIMISM AND HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE.

 
 

We do this by providing legal information,* delivering workshops to boost confidence and develop alternative coping methods, while working with every individual to identify and take steps towards their ambitions. On completion of our programme we can then refer our participants to selected partners who have agreed to provide employment or training.

We recognise not everyone is ready to connect with our selected employers, or training and education, immediately after our programme. For those individuals we instead connect them to specialist organisations for longer term support that will maintain their momentum for positive change.

* We do not offer individual and specific legal advice. All law and policy discussions in our group workshops are intended to give a basic understanding of the legal frameworks most relevant to those involved in prostitution.

 

WE TALK

AS WELL AS WE LISTEN.

 
 

A successful 10-week pilot project was completed in HMP & YOI Grampian in 2016 with 20 women.

Many of the participants stated they would like to see the programme extended and saw the value of support services provided, that they felt were otherwise unavailable.

We are incorporating their feedback as we work on expanding our programme into other Scottish cities, with a second programme commencing in HMP & YOI Grampian in February 2017.

Please, listen to their testimonials:

 

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