Effort aims to help prostitutes get off the street in Providence

An innovative program that connects prostitutes with substance abuse treatment and other social service help is expanding to Providence. Project RENEW is credited with curbing prostitution arrests in Pawtucket and helping to reduce the number of other crimes in neighborhoods that were once plagued with prostitution, drug dealing, and robberies. The program attempts to help prostitutes get into treatment, housing, or educational programs. RENEW’s director, Colleen Daley Ndoye, said most prostitutes are addicted to drugs and have been the victims of domestic violence. She said getting them help is more effective than arresting them.