A number of research studies and policy papers have highlighted the relationship between street based prostitution and problem drug us and the barriers that can prevent women involved in prosti tution from accessing services to change their lives and achieve recovery.

Nevertheless, there has been little research that has documented in detail the nature of the problems faced by this particular group, the extent and nature of current provision and the adequacy of coverage. This wide ranging study seeks to fill this gap and provide a platform for the further development of services to meet the needs of this particularly marginalised group who may fall into the gaps between services.

The stigma associated with both drug use and prostitution means that this will be a largely hidden group of women and there are no good estimates of the number of people affected in this way.