A grim website allows men to have degrading conversations about the sex workers who work on the streets of Leeds.
Buried away in the murky corners of the internet lies a website where hundreds of men come together to share their experiences of visiting sex workers in Leeds. The Holbeck Managed Approach is a regular topic of conversation for members of barepunting.
The forum is full of discussions between men using online pseudonyms to hide their identity as they chat about visiting sex workers in the 'legal' sex zone in Leeds and how much they pay.
Not all of the men on the forum are from Leeds though. In fact, one man recently posted to say that he wanted "expert advice from the locals" ahead of a weekend visit to the city.
Basis Yorkshire is a local charity that has worked cloesly with sex workers in Leeds for more than 30 years. They help the city's sex workers with mental health issues, point them in the right direction for housing options and help them transfer across to Universal Credit - something that's been described as 'one of the biggest issues facing women' in the current economic climate.
For more information or to access their support services, visit their website or call Some of the men directly reference Save Our Eyes, a local campaign group who argue the sex zone has had a detrimental effect on the area with used needles and dirty condoms littering the streets. Many of the men openly reference the fact that some of the women are reliant on the money to pay for drugs, but brush it off as "useful information" that members of the website can use as a shameless bargaining chip.
One post about a woman's drug habits saw a member reply: "Useful information though for any of us to follow.
Cheers mate. Perhaps one of the most disturbing messages on the website is from a man who caught gonorrhoea - but continued visiting the Managed Approach and having unprotected sex. He then said he developed "severe stomach cramps" and was diagnosed with hepatitis C - but such is his desperation to pay for sex that he still won't stop visiting prostitutes in Holbeck.
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You don't have to suffer in silence if you're struggling with your mental health. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help. Samaritans: Phone24 hours a day, or jo samaritans.
Platform 1 men's community group: Support for issues including mental health problems and addiction recovery. Visit the website or call Andy's Man Club: info andysmanclub.
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Phone Mind: A charity offering support and advice for people with mental health problems. Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have low mood, or are suicidal. Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. There's a website and a helpline: 58 58 The website is undoubtedly a seedy underworld of vile comments and degrading content, but some of the men do seem to have some sort of affection towards the woman they boast about paying for sex with.
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Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice. How to access help if you are a sex worker Basis Yorkshire is a local charity that has worked cloesly with sex workers in Leeds for more than 30 years. Inthey worked with more than 1, sex workers across the region. If you are in an emergency situation, call police on Holbeck Managed Approach.
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