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Bristol sex-workers' 'safe haven' to close over funds

A mother and baby addiction treatment home in Bristol for women trapped in the sex industry is to close due to a lack of available funding.

Naomi House was launched by the charity One25 in 2009 as a safe haven for sex-workers with babies to help them tackle addiction and support their parenting.

A charity spokesperson said the decision did not reflect on the quality of the service provided by Naomi House.

Gill Nowland, from One25, said "we will be refocusing on our other services".

She said: "This is a sad loss, especially considering all that this innovative project has achieved.

'Better start'

"Naomi House has given 18 vulnerable mothers the help they desperately needed - a chance to transform their lives away from the streets and give their children a better start in life.

"However, our commitment to helping Bristol's vulnerable women to fulfil their potential is unchanged. We will be refocusing on our other services."

Current residents at Naomi House will continue to be supported until the end of their treatment in February.

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