Within an hour, four women get into the car - they are all but one addicted to crack cocaine.
The women all have an air of bravado, as if what they are doing is no big deal - Mary explains that their drug habits numb their emotions, making their jobs easier - but underneath this they are all grimly realistic about their lives. Whoever abused them, bought middlsebrough "Young people come into this from all areas of society," says Wendy Shepherd of Secos.
Many of them are drawn into prostitution in their mid-teens, by the lure of easy money, but are soon horrified by the situation they find themselves in, and the kerb-crawlers who pick them up. Midlesbrough one who is no longer on drugs was ly using crack, and fears she may relapse if she can't change her environment.
Outreach workers like Mary Crawley drive around town offering women and occasionally men the chance to pick up contraceptives, have a cup of tea, and get out of the rain for a few minutes. A large majority are under 18, and addicted to a combination of crack cocaine and heroin. Secos Sexual Exploitation of Children On the Streets is an organisation set up by Barnado's to address the problem of under-age girls selling sex in Middlesbrough. There are currently about young women working the streets of Middlesbrough as prostitutes.
The people and the places Crawling the kerb Outreach workers in Middlesbrough drive around town checking on the well-being of Teesside's young sex street workers. Among the "punters" crawling the streets "over the border" in Middlesbrough's red light district, there are some friendly faces.
Josephine Martin aka 'French Fifi'  Soho, London Strangled with a silk stocking Her murder was linked to the murders of Jeanette Cotton, murdered in April,and of Constance Hind in May,who were also both strangled in their rooms. An outreach worker with a sex worker.
They sell sex because that's what happened when they were six years old and were given a bag of sweets Wendy Shepherd "We see drug pushers who will use drugs as a way of getting young people into prostitution and maintaining them in prostitution, because once they're hooked, they have to find the money. Mary Crawley gives one young woman a cup of ,iddlesbrough. We went with one of them.