Herlinde

I was destitute for 15 months when the Home Office refused my asylum case in 2009. There were many women, just like myself, who had nowhere to go, and we spent our nights in shelters. Sometimes those shelters are full, and we were forced to spend the night on the streets. One woman told me how she had been raped on the streets because she was sleeping rough. Some women go to Heathrow airport to sleep. Or they take a night bus, going around and around the streets of London. Some women become prostitutes to survive.