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Sex workers support service launches Olympics website

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A sexual health service for sex workers has launched a website to offer information and support during the Olympics.

Staff at Open Doors, a free and confidential service for sex workers in East London, are concerned about the impact of brothel closures in preparation for the Olympics.

The new website gives information specifically targeted at sex workers and is translated into Romanian, Portuguese, Polish and Mandarin.

Kim Leverett, outreach development nurse at Open Doors, part of Homerton University Hospitals Foundation Trust, explained: “The police have been shutting down all the working flats and brothels in East London because of the Olympics and we are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain contact with our service users. And the closures have made this group more vulnerable.”

The website, at www.opendoors.nhs.uk, answers all the questions that sex workers most often ask staff at Open Doors on issues of sexual health and safety. It has a section for health professionals for use by non-specialists who may come into contact with this client group. The service is also on Twitter: @opendoorsnhs.

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