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.

Can you Youtube? Yes you can!

I am a  Journalism student: Check

I have my own blog: Check

I take “artsy” photos that don’t get shown and  just take up memory on my iPhone: Check

Well then, the only thing left to crack was Youtube! And how easy it was to crack! The editors suite is functional, basic and easy to follow and there is a wide variety of stock footage that can be used to create little.poitless videos (such as the one above), hours o fun to be had!

Obviously, you can go out and film your own footage that you can upload and turn into a “vlog” if you so wish, but the process is still just as simple. Drag, drop and edit. The non-lyrical music is provided for you, so you can add a bit of emotion via a soundtrack (Also so you can avoid those hefty licence fees).

Zoella and co move over! BithellTom.com is  virtualy on the way!