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Former prostitute wins custody fight for children

By Brian Farmer

A former prostitute has won a family court battle for the return of her two daughters after fighting to beat a drug habit.

The youngsters, aged eight and five, had been taken away from the woman and placed with a relative about four years ago, after social workers became concerned.

The relative has died and a judge has ruled that they should live with their mother, who would get support from social services staff. Judge Marcia Levy's decision has emerged in a written ruling following a family court hearing in Barnet, north London.

The judge accepted that if the woman relapsed, and the rehabilitation plan broke down, the consequences for the children would be "catastrophic".

But she said she had considered the "risks" and thought that - with support - the woman would "deal with them robustly".

Judge Levy said social workers were in favour of the youngsters returning and had a rehabilitation plan.

The judge heard that the woman and the children's father had misused drugs and served jail terms as a result of convictions.

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