Sleeping Rough | Girls Living On The Streets Of Brighton

I’m being honest. I’d rather go and
have a tramp’s wash with a baby wipe. Yeah, yeah. That’s me. I don’t like going to
First Base for a shower. No, no. I’ve struggled to just get
to the Clocktower Sanctuary. I’d struggle to get to there. A tramp’s wash is the baby wipes. You strip off in the public toilet
in the actual cubicle bit, bit by, top by… Or in your sleeping bag? Or in your sleeping bag, yeah, and you get the baby wipes and you
wipe your armpits or you have your little shave if you need it. You wipe your bits down there and
off you go. That’s the tramp’s wash. With a female, what you need to
remember, as long as you look good, you feel good. Altogether, I’ve been homeless for
about seven years. And it’s been on and off, so I’ve
been housed into temporary housing, been taken back out and it would be
more the point because I’m so used to sometimes being on the
streets and being in a tent and having the comfort of people
around all the time, I find it quite lonely to be inside. People do think you’re a prostitute. You become all sorts,
you know what I mean? You’ll have strange men come up
to us in doorways and ask us, “Oh, if I give you 50 quid…”
and it’s just like, no. Do you know what I mean?
And we don’t… That’s why we have to sit in packs
of two, like, if you’re sitting… You will just get targeted
and targeted. A lot of men around here seem to
think you’re a bit of meat, so… “Oh, I’ll give you a tenner
for a blow job.” What makes you think I’d put your
dick in my mouth, for one? Everything I know, she taught me. CREW MEMBER:
What has she taught you? Everything to survive. Like stay
clean. You know what it is, it’s just common sense, really,
at the end of the day. It’s not common sense. Yeah, it is.
It’s life skills. It’s not. It’s hard, because you’ve got to
learn that stuff. It’s not common sense at all. I think, like keeping your feet
clean and dry, d’you know what I mean? You need to change your socks
every day. I’ve got 48 days to go. Before what? I give birth. I want my body back! She wants her body back, don’t you? Some lady gave me that. Did she? Some lady… That’s the baby one. Yeah?
Some lady come past… Look at this, though. Literally
dry and wrinkly, isn’t it? That’s all the cold air
getting into you. He’s going to have to go into
medical care, though. Because of the medication
that I’m on. But, you know, I’m trying my best to
cut it all down, so it ain’t so much for him
to come off. It’s better if I do it but then,
whatever I get, he’s taking half of anyway. They say, when you are pregnant, say
if you was to have, I don’t know, Subway, half the Subway goes to the
baby, half the Subway comes to you, doesn’t it? It’s the same with your
meds, babe. We are going up to the graveyard,
so I can go to bed, so I can make my bed in a tent
with the dead people. It’s a lot safer than the
streets itself. Well, I feel, anyway. I just would… I would rather just
stay hidden, if you know what I mean. You have the odd couple of people
that come through here and they may be drunk,
so it’s not that bad. It’s quiet enough for me. It’s pitch-black and I’ve got my own
space so it’s OK. I quite like it. I think it’s one of the worst nights
I’ve had since 2015 or something. The tent fell in.
Got absolutely soaked. Everything inside got soaked. What I’m wearing is soaked. My trainers are soaked. It’s getting to the point I’m
getting so frustrated, I’m… My mental health will deteriorate,
Lily, it really will. It’s on the verge that I’m going to
end up breaking down. D’you know what I mean? I’ve got to
go and see my child next week and I can’t… I haven’t even got the energy or
effort to go and do it, d’you know what I mean?
I feel fucking horrible for it. I think having my little girl
probably made me a little bit weaker for all of this, do you know
what I mean? It did. I thought I was a lot stronger,
I really was. I wouldn’t, before having her,
I didn’t have a fucking clue in anything, do you know
what I mean? So it was just me against the world. But now, I still feel like I’ve
somehow got to protect her in it. Do you know what? If I could go back to jail
tomorrow, I would, because everyone’s friendly
in there, really nice. And yeah, you get your three
meals a day. You get your medication on time,
same time everyday. I don’t know, it’s just nice. It’s cosy. I’ve got my own room,
my own bed. Smoking spice. Yeah, I know a couple of people on
the streets that are on spice and yeah, they go funny when
they take it. So, yes, it’s not very nice. I think she needs medication, because I think
she has a few things. No, I’m being serious. Fuck you! No, in a nice way. Fuck you, too! Yeah. But I do think she needs housing. Definitely. They can’t… I can’t believe they’ve left her on
the streets at 21 years old. It’s disgusting. She can’t survive
out there. Look at her. She can’t do it. Us lot can. We know how to survive. She doesn’t. She’s only a baby. Do you want to take a picture, love? Fuck you! All right. SHE LAUGHS MANICALLY You learn how to… You learn
something… I know. I’m only joking, only joking.
I promise you. Yeah, yeah, she’s… I’m with my two children,
it’s just, like… Babe, you have to be careful. You will get your head caved in
by these people. They don’t give a fuck. What are you
going to throw at me? Babe… Didn’t you know
I was only joking? Yeah, but to him, it’s not funny. See what I mean? People like that
don’t care about punching you. They just, like, get up and go with
him because he’s just going to carry on, carry on and carry on. She’s lucky that she’s only got a
pint of milk thrown at her. Really lucky. A 21-year-old on the
street, she can’t handle it, no way. Needs to be stretched
like that, look. It isn’t big enough. That’s why I didn’t ask for help
from you. I can’t, because that’s the cut,
that side, JP. You’re supposed to be lifting it up
over the cut… Get off my finger. Her cheekiness. Her proper
cheekiness. Have you seen the way she is?
Have you seen her? She’s got an attitude and everything
and that’s what I like. I know it sounds weird,
but that’s what I like. I think I might go back
to single life. It was so much peacefuller.
I was focusing on myself, my own mental health, because I was
focusing on my child, I was focusing on all my
appointments but now I worry around, making
sure he’s got everything he needs before my even child gets what she
needs, d’you know what I mean? So now, I’ll deteriorate back to
Paige mode, and do what I’ve got to do, d’you know what I mean? And I’ll put
myself first before having to put him first. Yeah, little boy. 7th of November he’s due. So got to have a separate scan
this week, as well. Because of the placenta
or something. She’s got to check her placenta. Her lady stuff, you know. Yeah, we’ve been together just over
a year now. Just over a year. What do you think
you need as a woman to survive on these streets? A decent man
and a decent chiv. I want to make it as comfortable as
I can for her. Because she’s pregnant and I ain’t
going to let her be uncomfortable. It’s easier having a partnership,
because there’s two of you. There’s… You know, where I forget,
where I don’t think of something, he will. He does do a lot for me. I don’t know, I suppose I do take
him for granted a bit, but he says I don’t really appreciate
things that he does, but I do. No. Go away. Go away? Yes. What? You, fuck off. Thank you, sir. I haven’t got much, but I have got
this doorway. So… Because I’ve been in care my
whole life. I’ve had… I’ve been on my
own my whole life. Because I always felt
homeless, anyway. Do you know what I mean? In care.
Do you know what I’m kind of trying to say? Like, yeah,
I have a bed, but I want a home. Yeah, so in a hostel, about… ..three months ago… On Facebook,
and on my uncle’s page, he put, “I’m sorry to say, I found my sister
dead this morning… “ her flat.” Yeah. It was a massive circle,
what happened to my mum, that’s what happened to me. But it’s because I kind of wanted
to be a bit closer to her like that, d’you know what I mean? I actually have a door number. So it’s not just named
A, B, C, or D. It is number 43. Shall we say flat 43? I’ve got my own front door key, but
guess where they fucking put me? Where are you? New Haven. I’m not allowed no guests, though. Well, yeah. Yes. You’re not talking to
me like that. Babe… I don’t care. Don’t talk to me like that. I need a
spliff, babe. Yeah, and what? Do you think I don’t? You don’t
think I don’t? I need it terrible. You talk to me like shit on a
daily basis. Now fuck off. Fuck off.
Go on, fuck off. Go, go, leave me alone. I’ll throw it. I’ll throw it if you
don’t take it. Do you know what I mean? And that’s what I’ve got to put up
with on a daily basis because he needs a spliff. So… I know how I ended up
in this situation, it’s because of the way
my mental health deteriorated, the way I clashed with my mum. I was a runaway child
and I could never stay at home. Every time the police
brought me back, I was bang out of the door again, do you know what I mean? So I loved
the street life at that point. We buy some chips for you. OK, thank you. So you can have it. Thank you. Yeah, just enjoy it. Thank you very much. Don’t worry. Having no-one. No. There’s a bit of a family going on. No-one looks after me. Oi, bud. Do you know the homeless
people down here? Babe? Babe? Do you know, like, a man named Rob? I don’t. He sleeps down here, red rucksack. Red rucksack. Do they know anyone?
No, they don’t know my mate. It’s a good day today, isn’t it? You can feel it. Feels really bony and ribby. It was heaven. It really was nice, and yeah… Yeah, I did. It’s lovely and the pillows,
oh, my God! Putting your head on a pillow’s
really nice. Love it. I would just like
it permanent. I don’t want to come back out here
any more. I’ve been living in New Haven for
ten days now. Feeling like shit. I have to be very careful because
I’m in public. If she gets adoption, then my contact will be reduced to
completely nothing. Even though we’re homeless, we like
to look all right, don’t we, baby? Yeah. Spare some change, please? Have a good evening, darling. Have one for me.

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  1. How about we look at the bigger picture and try to stop all homelessness, regardless of someones gender, orientation or ethnicity?

  2. So Tanya HAS a flat, but thinks its "unsafe" so she'd rather sleep on the street with Mark??? wtf. well if that flat is housing provided to her by the state, if shes not gonna sleep in it then they should take it away from her and give it to someone else who needs it !!

  3. UK is big nation why government not take care of them??? Really I can imagine how they life on street I really sad watching this….

  4. This is so very sad.
    The red hair girl have lived on the street for 7 years?!
    She seem like a clever young woman.

    I would not survive one night living on the street.
    Don't even like going camping with my family.
    It's scary.

  5. England u choose to be on the streets most of these have a place to stay but they don't do so leave them in their rut they created simple

  6. "With a female you got too remember too look good is too feel good"-junkie tramp on the street. Feminism at its finest here lol. Btw thats the red head person below me mentioned as being smart lol.

  7. This is so sad. Why the hell are we using resources on foreigners when our own people need housing and help?

  8. While all the brain dead lefties want MORE immigrants when we don't have houses for British natives. "British children live in fear, but refugees are welcome here"

  9. Megan Antoinette and Scary Harry are uplifting these girls by, 32,000,000£+ 3rd wedding💃, Frogmore remodel🐸, more bling for the engagement ring💍💎, plane trips✈, clothes, jewelry, S.African vacations. Now don't you all feel uplifted🤔

  10. To BBC. Guys, this kind of film is really important. Thanks very much for telling the story of these people

  11. Can anyone answer me this qusetion… it seems in britian the city doesnt tear their tents down or do they in canada and the states it all out war on the homeless eho are in tents

  12. Every comment ..the 1 with pink hair seems nice..
    The red head is a nice girl.. paige seems nice !!!
    So because she is physically attractive she deserves more help than the others. I thought she seemed quite happy to have that lifestyle she could be on a hostle .
    Jo jo on the other hand. I feel so bad for her..

  13. I live in a small town(50k people) in a post communist country, and while i saw many people begging(all of them Roma/Gypsies), i have only once saw a homeless person, only once. I wouldn't know how would i feel if i saw them like this, i really just can't imagine how this people live. God bless those poor souls.

  14. There is no excuse for homelessness. It's not a choice. I can understand it being a temporary situation but it is not to be perceived as a lifestyle choice. Survival on the streets might be better than an intolerable situation you are or had been dealing with, but it's not something that should be considered as alternative. It's not on thanks.

  15. Poorest of the poor in the third world always have a home to go to ,meanwhile in the so call developed and most powerful countries got so many homeless living on the street,guessed tide are changing.

  16. the red head girl is attractive enough and is I was going to say wise but mayby not because surely their are enough of blokes would be interested in her
    I would take her out for a drink

  17. i ran away from a brutal upbringing at 14.i lived on the streets of leeds for 2 years.i tottaly understand these people. i got lucky tho.i now own my own house now.and have a spare room. ide gladly help someone.i hope these guys sort out there life real love👊

  18. How about application for counsel flats or social services help UK gouvement is to blame English are in streets whilst people from Africa mid East get housings free money unbelievable 😲
    Wonder if these people go to EU countries as refugees ?? What a wast of life

  19. Where are they getting the money for cigarettes? Cigarettes are damn expensive. Unless they steal them or something.

  20. We all have choices. We are all aware what drugs can do before we take them. If your choice backfires, then you have to deal with it, tough life.

  21. Shocking, terrible and absolutely awful….the billions that have been wasted, and continue to be be wasted on Brexit….and no hot food, no shelter or remedial help for desperate addicts…shameful.

  22. I don't want to see people suffer and do with out. But for most homeless people, their situation didn't just sneak up on them. They each have a story and most of those stories have a chapter on…"I really messed up doing this and that." All of them didn't come from a broken home, sexual assaulted, beaten or abused

  23. I just dont get it, I have watched quite a few of these homeless stories, and even when offered safe, clean places to sleep and eat, they refuse and want to continue to sleep on the street. I can only imagine it is a combination of a want to do drugs, mental illness, and irrational decision making, like "What am I going to do with my dog?"… even though they are homeless. The lady has an apartment, but 'it's not safe', like sleeping on the sidewalk is.

  24. At that point, it’s damn hard to claw your way back up, even if you show up everyday at the Labor place for day to day work at minimum wage. For the first 2 weeks I only got work on the rainy days, working outside in the freezing cold, because almost no one would even show up. I had to, I knew there was a better life, because I had a much better life before. Through a series of events I lost everything and I mean everything! Most of the people we just watched have given up and may have mental issues and really need help. I thank God I was able to claw my way back and I mean claw. Today things are pretty good. I have a Son that’s graduating from a major College and will have a great degree and immediately start earning money. I’ve been able to 100% pay for his education, housing etc. Yes, I’ve sacrificed a hell of a lot to make that happen. He will have no student debt and a nice car paid for. He’s such a hard working smart young man. I plan to give him money for a down payment on his first home ASAP! We can overcome being homeless. The odds are against you. Just don’t give up. Be the first at the Labor place and prove you will take any work and bust your ass, even on the cold rainy days when your sick and haven’t slept much. I remember being so sore from shoveling bricks for 14 hours in the cold rain that I could barely get up and walk back to work. Wow, I guess I had a lot to get off my chest. I sincerely wish I could help those that are willing to work, that’s my next goal after my son taken care of. Oh, today I have a very good job and make a very good income. Ty for reading and help those that really want to help themselves. Be kind to the others.

  25. Try being a single homeless British man in Brighton. They give you a free sleeping bag then wish you the best of luck. Absolutely no help whatsoever in terms of a roof over your head. You can get free food though if you're a good Walker.

  26. some of these are mentally ill and need to be rounded up and put in a home, the rest need rounding up hosing down and put in some sort of work camp

  27. this is hard to watch. the simple fact is my life is the exact opposite of this existence. I simply can't imagine living this way. God help these people.

  28. // The Traitors In Westminster Find Houses For Thousands Of Immigrants And Illegals But Our People They Have To Line Up Behind Foreigner ..Because Those Scum In WestminsterThat Are The Real Crimminals … Something Needs Doing. Soon !!

  29. Thats bullshit.I've had many a blowjob off these homeless girls.Sometimes for as little as a fiver.Absolute bargain.I can highly recommend asking one of these girls first before paying top money to an actual prostitute.There's a money saving tip for you guys.

  30. The 1% plan to crash world economies in order to be the last man standing. Because if everybody's completely impoverished then wage slavery or homlessness become the only choices.


  32. Always amazes me, a corrupt lusiferian pedo corporation such as the BBC tries to sell itself as the bastion of the people and their concerns.

  33. wow homeless people in the U.K. look like 1st class upstanding citizens compared to these walking dead looking m'fer's we got lurking around here in the Metro Atlanta Ga, area.

  34. What a world we live in where are own people are living on the 2019 this should not be happening.i hope and pray all these people find happiness

  35. When i was homeless many years ago.i lived or slept in a graveyard.believe me its the saffest place to stay.the dead cant hurt you

  36. I was homeless. Now I'm a small business owner. Make about $150,000 a year. I just didn't care before. Harassed by cops. Looked down upon. It seems odd that I was in that situation now. I've only told a few people



  38. So sad and a rapidly increasing problem.
    In Central London is even worse wealth vs. extreme poverty and deprivation.
    Really needs sorting out urgently

  39. What is wrong with this country, homelessness as gone up by way to much over the span of ten years and this Government and the last Government are doing Nothing.

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