US Charity 'offering £200 bribe' to Brit drug junkies to get sterilized

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London, Oct 18 (ANI): Drug addicts in the UK are now being offered 200 pounds to get sterilized.

American charity Project Prevention is offering to pay 200 pounds to any drug user in London, Glasgow, Bristol, Leicester and parts of Wales who agrees to be operated on.

Founder Barbara Harris admitted her methods amounted to "bribery" but said it was the only way to stop babies being physically and mentally damaged by drugs during pregnancy, reports BBC News.

Harris set up her charity in North Carolina after adopting the children of a crack addict.

"The birth mother of my children obviously dabbled in all drugs and alcohol - she literally had a baby every year for eight years. I get very angry about the damage that drugs do to these children," Harris said.

John, a 38-year-old addict from Leicester, is the first person in the UK to accept money to have a vasectomy, after being involved in drugs since he was 12.

"I won't be able to support a kid; I can just about manage to support myself," he said.

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of Addaction, said that Project Prevention exploits very vulnerable people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol at probably the lowest point in their lives.

Maria Cripps, project manager at the Hackney Dovetail Centre which works with drug users and their carers, said, "I think Barbara uses some very extreme examples to get her point across. It might work in America but Great Britain is a very different country."

A spokesperson at the British Medical Association said: "The BMA's ethics committee does not have a view on the charity Project Prevention." (ANI)

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