Woman's Hour

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Prostitution zones, Friends and illness, Zero waste, Puppy farms

January 21st, 2016

Episode 474 of 985 episodes

A street prostitution zone has been made a permanent fixture in Leeds. How does a managed area of prostitution operate? Julie Bindel, writer and feminist activist and Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, reader in Psychology and Social Policy at Birkbeck, University of London give the arguments for and against? Over 15 million people in the UK are living with chronic illness, or dealing with long-lasting bouts of sickness and treatment such as chemotherapy. What effect does this have on close friendships and relationships? Melissa Viney talked to Francesca Hand, Catherine Hale and Jules about the impact of living with health problems. After you've Mari Kondo'd your home and cleared away all your clutter, what next? James Wallman says we should forget about 'stuff' and start having experiences, and Bea Johnson has lived waste-free with her family since 2008. The RSPCA estimate that the illegal puppy farming industry is worth in excess of 100 million. Gangs pretend to be legitimate breeders and hide the fact they are turning over hundreds of dogs as quickly as possible with no regard for the animals' welfare. Janetta Harvey is a campaigner against the practice.

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