The Midnight Helpers

DISCLAIMER: The women featured in the below video wishes to remain anonymous so her identity has been hidden via a fake name and an actress has been used to voice her story.  

A few weeks back, an article entitled ‘The Midnight Girls’ was uploaded here on BithellTom.Com. It was a short article that pondered on the secret, almost underworld life of prostitution that is hidden away here in Huddersfield. This short article and video is particular  is a direct follow up and a further investigation into the help that is being offered to women in the sex industry.

According to a UK Government publication on the subject of prostitution,  ‘The number of sex workers in the UK is estimated to be around 72,800 with about 32,000 working in London‘ and ‘An estimated 152 sex workers were murdered between 1990 and 2015. 49% of sex workers (in one survey) said that they were worried about their safety.’. So who is here to help protect the women who ‘work’ the streets late at night?

One of many charities that are situated up and down the country, Basis is a charity based in Leeds. The charity has a project focused solely on Sex work and how to help women and transgender women in the sex industry who need support and help. The charity supports women and transgender women who choose to stay and work in the industry as-well as helping women and transgender women who want out of that particular lifestyle and who wish to start afresh.

 Closer to home, here in Huddersfield, 20 year old ex-prostitute *Krystal spoke about her experience in the local sex industry, how she got involved in that particular lifestyle and what events forced her to distance herself from the sex industry altogether and to take a new path/ approach to life.


What a boom Audio Boom makes!

It is rare that I become obsessed with somthing, it has to be extreamly good. But there is no other word to describe my feeling for Audio booms’ Serial  then obsession!

Audio Boom is a app that hosts a whole range of podcasts from fictatious dramas to new bullitins and everything in between, you can download podcasts manualy or set it to download atomaticaly when the latest install is online! It’s free, easy to use and full of great content: for example, Serial.


Series one of Serial is a weekly podcast about the murder of a young girl. In TV comparison its just like making a murderer, but I find it is far more ar You are stripped of all visuals and rely purly on drip feed of information from the presenters  choice of words. With raw audio of real interviews and telephone calls, Serial is addictive and the murder case can quickly become osessive as you try and solve the most elusive  who dunnit you have ever heard of. Each episode is between 30 minuets to an hour and half, the drip feed style is perfect for when you have abit of time spare.





Tweet- Tweet.

Twitter is  important . Its a tool in most peoples life. But it is especially important for the profession of a journalist. The social media platform not only provides a route to promote a story, it is a platform that also enables you to keep up to date with your sources.

This particular platform also allows you to find and capture your audiences’ reaction in real time via their responses, plus you can keep them up-to date and provide them with a way to keep track of the stories.

Just like Facebook, twitter has a live stream function too, which is great for covering stories as they happen.  The “moments” feature  is perfect too with all of the breaking news  gathered in one central place, updated live.

Basically, Twitter is life for a journalist and you can follow me @BithellTomCom

Sia Furler

For this article I have chosen to talk about an artist who is still in my mind and will continue to dwell there for a long time. You may have heard this pop phenomenon on the charts but I can assure you, you wont get to “sia” on there…(collecting my dignity off the floor)  

I discovered the fantastic Sia Furler who is known professionally as just “Sia” a few years back after having “one of those days”. I was snuggled up in bed exploring the depths of you tube when a video popped up of her. I pressed play and I have not looked back. The first song I came across was the beautiful “I am in here”. I was in one of those self-pity holes we all tend to put ourselves in from time to time and this song just spoke to me emotionally, it was like eating Ben and Jerry after a break up, she knew how to fix it. 

I then discovered her newest album at the time, “1000 forms of fear”, which introduced me to the phenomenal song, chandelier. I was officially in love with a women who chose not to show her face. But  that was also a factor that intrigued me. After discovering the album I searched for the album artwork and her face, she was on her older album covers  (those i am not too fond of) but was missing from the newest. I was very confused just like the rest of the world. 

So I begun to dig up some background on the Aussie singer and was touched by her story. As it turns out Sia had overcome many struggles throughout her rise to fame including depression, drug abuse and alcohol abuse. I read  that she was terrified of performing and it got so bad that she couldn’t perform unless she was half plastered. And that is why she went into hiding, so to speak, so she can recover and get better. 

After coming clean she chose to use her talent, without being in the limelight, by writing songs for other artists, such as “Dimonds” which was sung by  Rhianna. However after a period of time Sia felt that some songs were not going to get heard unless she sung them and so the full frontal  wigged star returned to take back her throne.  

The disguise is so she can still have privacy but still enjoy the performing. How amazing is she to come up with the idea and to make it work? Now two albums in, her hiding in plain sight method has been proven to work and there is no signs of stopping her, which I am glad about. Prehaps there will be a tour soon? I can not wait so see what this songstress delivers next!