Save Our Eyes campaigns for the rights of all Leeds residents whose lives are blighted by the “managed approach to prostitution” which is currently located in the Holbeck area and spreading to other parts of the city.
We aim to become a community where residents are not subjected to daily harassment from kerb crawlers, prostituted women, danger from discarded condoms, needles and sex industry litter.
We aim to see prostituted women freed from the grips of a drug addiction that was created to enslave them. We recognise that the women who are prostituted would rather lead different lives and we support their wishes to exit the sex industry.
Both sides in this dispute want the same outcome: a peaceful life free from prostitution and abuse.
We collect data for submission to Leeds Police and Leeds City Council each week. It’s used to monitor the anti-social activity we encounter on a daily basis.
If you wish to report prostitution related litter or issues with prostituted women, pimps & punters please use the Contact page.
“…human trafficking and its related systems of exploitation, such as prostitution … and forced labour, are crimes against humanity, as they violate the dignity and the integrity of the human person. These crimes must be recognized and penalized as such to be definitely, and as soon as possible, eradicated from the face of the Earth.”
Pope Francis speaking to the United Nations, 2015
“It’s all about the money. Human trafficking is insanely profitable. If you really think about it, you can sell a kilo of heroin once; you can sell a 13-year-old girl 20 times a night, 365 days a year.”
“I want all people who claim they care for the prostituted to study, listen and understand our trauma. There can be no lasting change or route to justice if our trauma is made invisible.
Our trauma was made to grow by the turning away of those who could have helped us.
Our trauma was encouraged to hide by the language of “sex work” and the constant message that we were weak if we even for a moment thought we did not like being prostituted.
The trauma of the prostituted is the loudest silent scream that I know of. It is a scream that the world has ignored for over 3000 years. A scream that rains blood on every continent.”
Rebecca Mott, survivor
Read more of Rebecca Mott’s powerful words on her blog here. Rebecca is a former prostituted woman who speaks honestly about her experiences and the sex industry.
"The things that make a human a human are stolen from the prostituted. We live in a world that calls it "adult entertainment" or a business exchange. How can I not despair?"
"If you buy another human being, then you are making the choice to be part of an industry that is destroying and killing women everyday"
"We need to ask ourselves – what are the sources of our information and do they have a vested interest in the sex industry? There is such a push from the industry to say that prostitution is a job like any other and all we have to do is improve conditions. It’s rubbish. You can’t make it safe."
"No-one is born to be prostituted, it is never a freely made choice – to be prostituted is come from a place of vulnerability or a place where all self- made choices are stolen from you."