Why Anneli’s story needs to be told
Apr 24 2010 by Joanne Douglas, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
THE tale of Huddersfield mother Anneli Alderton was one that shocked the nation.
Anneli worked as a prostitute in Ipswich in 2006 when Steven Wright – a man dubbed the Suffolk Strangler – took her as one of his victims in a killing spree of street workers.
Originally from Primrose Hill Anneli – who also lived in Marsden – lost her life to Wright along with Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell.
A TV programme starting tomorrow features the grief the families suffered in the wake of their deaths.
But it raises important issues about why young women such as Anneli risk their lives by working as a prostitute.
She had a young son and she had a mother who cared for her and desperately wanted her to be free from drugs.
No doubt this will be painful to watch, but will help people understand why women end up in such danger on the streets. All too often it’s down to drugs.