Sleeping Rough | Girls Living On The Streets Of Brighton

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.


  1. Hang on a minute, one in eight homeless people are women? I thought this was the age of equality? Surely there should be a women's march to number 10 to demand equality immediately? So over 85% of homeless people are men? That's a disgraceful sexual discrimination issue…. This needs to be resolved in 2019….

  2. £10 for a bJ all adds up and they would soon be off the streets…whats up with them swallow your pride or swallow something!

  3. Well shit how'd Jojo lose her sleeping bad? She probably left for a min & someone stole it. I feel bad for all these ladies.

  4. I could never be homeless…too many family members that would take me in…I can't stand how dirty big cities are. No way could I live on dirty streets like that. So sad.

  5. I think it’s quite ironic that the British Bullshit Centre, a corporation worth in excess of £5billion makes a documentary about homelessness when they have the financial power to end homelessness, as does the royal family and many British corporations and wealthy oligarch families. We’re so blind, wake up people.

  6. Why you fools being on getting pregnant with knowing that you live on the streets it's just making those situations if it was no wonder you people stay homeless the choices you people to make standing and ridiculous…

  7. These bum ass irresponsible females need to WOMAN UP and get off their fat ass and GET A JOB. Come on now.. be a REAL woman for once in your life and stop being a little girl.

  8. Well, when you import immigrants from parts of the world that refuse to work and dedicate their existence to outbreeding everyone in that country. The funds to take care of your citizen base evaporates and you have endless homelessness.

  9. Money for hair dye….money for drugs….money for soft drinks and chips… for baby wipes (instead of a 20 cent bar of soap)…….money for cigarettes (which by the way are VERY expensive) so they don't spend their money very wisely do they? if i was on the street, i would save every single penny so i could work on changing my life…..Many years ago I knew a young couple that had their very last $2. What do you think they used it for? A bloody can of Coke would you believe!! FFS!

  10. Why are these street walkers dressed better than me?
    Meanwhile, I'm "considered" upper middle class & pay exorbitant taxes (by my government)?!
    Idk or understand the rationale. Maybe I should move to England.

  11. Its only gonna get worse for alot of women in general over the next couple of years it's always the kids
    Who pay the worse price cause these women do it to themselves…

  12. It's too bad that more resources can't be allocated to giving these people a safe place to spend the night. Obviously more shelters are needed, but generally the stories behind the homelessness are complicated with abuse, drugs and mental illness. These are people who have fallen through the cracks in the worst way. When you have whole families on social assistance who are perfectly capable of working, and you see these young women on the street without any sort of help, it is sad and it also angers me. The truly scary part is that a huge part of any urban population is only one or two pay cheques from ending up on the street just like these people. You cannot convince me that society in general doesn't have the resources to set up SOMETHING to help these people. I once heard a saying that went, "You can judge a society by how it treats it dead". Well how about, "You can judge a society by how it treats its poor". How about that? In my part of the country we have to pay attention to our homeless. In the winter the temperatures can get down to minus 30 Celcius. Leaving them out there means leaving them to die. We don't do that. Leaving anyone on the street is leaving them to die, but in warmer climates it's just less obvious and a slower process. Maybe if society starts to see it that way, we'll collectively be more active in DOING something about it.

  13. We live in a world where people are without beds and are unsafe, and WISH to go to prison. How is this being allowed to happen..?

  14. Only just now having a look at this. Tanya is badass, kinda hope she (and her beau!) show up in future episodes, although of course the best case scenario would always be for 'em to find a home…

  15. Sad that people are on the streets and their told they dont qualify for housing. How come an immigrant can walk in and get everything thrown at them.

  16. Awww jo jo I'm praying for you sweet girl you are way to young to be sleeping the streets alone .please take care of yourself .x

  17. no life, no job, no education but having a baby…sure…why cant we sterilize these people?

  18. These people don't deserve any pity. They're doing nothing to better their situation incl coming to terms with their mental illnesses. Able-bodied to reproduce & find drugs but not to find work. They should be put in internment camps.

  19. Why did she leave all her chips!?! Someone was kind enough to buy her some and shedidn’t take advantage of that when she could.

  20. This is really cool you've sent me over $3521 of this tool now available for you to speed up the registration Great Work…

  21. There is a side of life that is merciless: you are better off being a criminal in jail, with a warm bed, shower and food provided by the state, than being a harmless lonely person trying to survive daily on the streets. These stories broke my heart

  22. Paige seems like such a funny sweet person who can really deal with herself and other people.she knows how to respect herself and others even in the situation she is in.i hope she stays on a good path.

  23. Don't you find it highly ironic but you never see a Muslim sleeping rough. That privilege seems to be just for the westerners born and bred in good old England. Thank you Great Britain. We are slowly turning into a third world country thanks to immigration since when have we ever needed food banks. And before some treehugger tells me it is not down to immigration where are all the immigrants living. you don't see many. You do not see many EU migrants living on our streets. These English homeless people should be made priority over migrant housing

  24. you bullshit.. think about poor people of african and asian countries…even one time meal they cant afford..although having wealth and sufficient things u all misusing like a mad … its absolutely shame for the developed countries ….

  25. Big bunch of crapola!!! That country has the highest income taxing! According to just Michael Cane & Sharon Osborn, England takes about 80% of their income if they live there longer than 30 days! Michael gave up & said he loved his country & moved back to stay. Share on the other hand lives in America & harasses its taxpayers! Check that out?

  26. I'm from Dublin and I was homeless in Brighton 4 8mths .. thank god I'm back in Ireland and I have my own beautiful apartment, which I'm so grateful for, and I went back to college xxxx I'm now a fitness instructor..I was also on drugs when I was homeless …..just goes to show you that you CAN change your life around…. X

  27. The guy making the bed up on the sidewalk and placing things around like a bedroom was heartbreaking g. You don't have to be a drug addict or alcoholic to be on the street. We all could be destitute with a few lost paychecks., no family or friends to help or resources. Even staying g with family or friends on the coach and living out of a suitcase would be scary thinking how do I get back on my feet.

  28. I was on the street it's exhausting it's freezing it wet sleeping on the ground after a couple of days makes you so sorry and very. Dangerous.hard to stay clean and hygienic really really hard

  29. It's sad the majority of homeless people will opt to commit crime just to have a roof over their heads, warmth and food and safety sat in a prison cell and then to have a criminal record just so they have a place to stay.
    And this is great Britain people. This is our country and look what it's come to…….

  30. I was more comfortable In jail but I managed to break that habit after my 7th sentence and I've been homeless has many times… It's so hard to get out of that situation…I'm currently with family… Once your card is marked the system is not there for you

  31. I really wish people would realize that young men and women like Jo Jo obviously have serious mental health issues, that isn't "normal" behavior, I mean she needs a lot of help. (because many of you, especially men are judging her blah blah) Like a lot. She honestly might never be independent…. yes believe it or not she might not be. Also lol at the comments saying homeless women have privilege, saying how they can't work a job. Being homeless means you aren't allowed to have a job (they fire you for being homeless, or you cannot apply without an address) also many have mental/physical disabilities or illness. Also there are many more homeless men than women, and no it's not because they refuse to work. Also consider the harassment and abuse they receive before and after becoming homeless. We need to invest more in mental health for young people (young people are at highest risk of developing schizophrenia in their early twenties) and in affordable housing etc.

  32. can we not just drown these people? they are very unsightly when your walking past them, don't know how any times they've put me off my morning Starbucks

  33. To all the people expressing concern in the comments section, why don't you take one of these homeless people into your home?

  34. Most of the comments here blame 'the system' for failing these people. Why don't people blame the parents that caused all this?

  35. Duck thats a terrible life that’s y everyone should have a crack to avoid a shit life take ur opportunities

  36. I work in a Psych ward near Brighton.
    We get a lot of homeless people in, a lot of the time they take overdoses or threaten to hurt themselves just so they get a break from the streets.
    Our local homeless charity was cut by 50% last year and once people are known to do drugs or have been aggressive, the council won't touch them. We end up discharging people to the streets. Pretty depressing.

  37. I see where she comes from.. Shelters are not safe. Jails have officers around, to keep you and your items safe if needed.. Shelters can be full of Rapists, and bad people no one will give apartments to because their actions or addictions.. So I see. My Brothers girlfriend used to live in the shelter and. She had to fight because people, were unable to trust or speak to people without issues..

  38. What is this 'rough sleeping" bullshit? It's bloody HOMELESSNESS, drug addiction and mental illness you lot of hypocrites. Good ol Fake MEdia desensitizing operation.

  39. The reality here BBC is YOU, yes YOU are part of this horror phenomenon.You and your media sensationalist billionaire views from your towers. You and your views of the white English people you enjoy watching slowly dying in the streets in disgusting poverty, blood baths, death and misery while advocating for open borders and aliens. You always hide YOUR little part in this as you did for your sweat heart Jimmy Saville…

  40. I collect used backpacks and fill them with hygiene products, toothpaste and toothbrushes, tissues, gluten free snacks…but most importantly 2 Mylar Blankets to water proof and one to warm up. They cost $1 from amazon and that’s the best use of $1…
    I encourage everyone to skip some lattes to provide a few bug out bags for our neighbors in need please.

  41. I remember when someone told me that some people try to go to jail on purpose, now that I could not believe, but as I lived an learn I found it to be true… WOW to all of us who are nice an comfortable in our life let's take a second to thank the Almighty GOD that we have a nice place to lay out heads tonight!!!

  42. "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor the children of God begging for bread." – Psalm 37:25

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