We recognise that many women selling sex, whether on-street or off-street, are particularly vulnerable at this time, especially if they sell sex to survive.
We have received confirmation from local government and our local MP that our drop-in can remain open. We will be observing strict hygiene and safe distancing measures, but remain open to provide food, toiletries and clothes, and to offer emotional support and practical advice about other avenues of assistance at this difficult time.
We’re also available to offer support by appointment. Get in touch by phone, e-mail or via our website:
Life beyond sexual exploitation
Yasha is a Christian outreach to women in Stoke affected by prostitution and sexual exploitation. We believe that prostitution is rarely a ‘life-style choice’ but is often symptomatic of issues around abuse, trauma and deprivation in a woman’s life. As such it's often strongly associated with addiction and shame.
Our focus is on honouring the woman at the heart of these struggles and on building committed and non-judging relationships where she might re-discover her inestimable worth, her true identity, and her capacity to craft, with support, a different story for herself.
We're committed to justice for women and to offering practical support to find routes out of sexual exploitation. Working in partnership with other agencies, our mission is to help provide holistic care and support that creates opportunity for a life lived free.
Yasha is a Hebrew word found frequently in the Old Testament meaning ‘to make safe’, ‘to set free’, ‘to set in a spacious place free from restriction’. It also describes the result of this action, i.e. ‘to be safe', 'to be free', 'to be in a spacious place free from restriction’. As such it describes both a determined act of intervention and its settled outcome, and is a term that's often used to express the heart and initiative of God towards His creation. Our desire is to collaborate with Him by helping to create the conditions and opportunities that can help women find routes out of situations where they may feel trapped and hopeless. The freedom we want to facilitate is not only a freedom from but also a freedom for. We want to see women set free from the root causes of prostitution and the trauma that goes with it, but also free to enjoy a future that is rich in opportunity and joy.
Although a Christian project, Yasha works with women of all faiths and none and is committed to respecting women’s freedom of choice in this area. The Gospel underpins everything we do but is not presented coercively. We are simply ‘paying forward’ the love and healing that has been poured out into our own lives.