Homeless mum-to-be has to sell herself for sex to afford a bed for the night

A homeless mum-to-be has told how she drinks heavily and is forced to sell herself for sex just to get a place in the warm.

Pregnant Natalie Cox, 26 says she performs sex acts on men just to get her head down on a pillow for the night as temperatures plummet.

She has been living rough on the streets of Swansea, South Wales, for a few years, but said last year was the worst she had experienced.

Natalie was forced back on the streets after splitting up with her boyfriend.

And now her misery has been compounded since it was confirmed she was two months pregnant.

Natalie said: “I am trying to survive on the streets – it’s complete madness.

“It’s f****** horrible, I’ve had to sofa surf. I’ve had to perform sex acts on men to get my head down on a pillow. I was desperate to get anything.

“It’s hard. I know I’m pregnant but I’m drinking more. The winter is going to be horrible. I am worried about the cold and keeping myself warm.”

Natalie, who moved to Swansea when she was 14, said she was estranged from her family, Wales Online reports.

She said life on the streets had always been tough, but 2020 was harder than she had ever known.

She added: “A man tried to throw me off the SA1 bridge last year at 2am.

“It’s bad, it’s really bad. I’m just constantly drinking. I should not be in this space. I split up from my boyfriend and I’m two months gone – the doctor confirmed it. I have always relied on my other half for everything and I need somewhere to live."

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Campaigners fear more people will made homeless this winter following the end of furlough and the £20 cut to Universal Credit.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of homeless charity Crisis, said: “It is critical that councils, government, health services and charities continue working together, as they have done throughout the pandemic, to ensure no-one slips through the cracks, no-one is left out of support.”

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