[16 NOV 00]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Prostitutes Hit In
Kerbside Sex Trade Crusade
and prostitutes have been targeted by a special police unit in a
crackdown on vice in Coventry.
extra officers were allocated to Hillfields in September as part
of a Crime Fighting Fund launched by the Home Office. They were
told to find long-term solutions to specific crimes in the city
they started their work, 34 vice-related arrests have been made in
the area. Prostitutes and kerb-crawlers were targeted because of
the long-standing blight they have caused on the lives on normal
residents in Hillfields.
team of officers, who were drawn together because of their
knowledge of the area, have found that Coventry is a magnet for
prostitutes from others towns and cities.
Rob Stokes, who has been leading the team, said efforts were being
made to help the prostitutes find another way of life.
have been using a number of measures to target prostitution.
However, while we are putting people before the courts, we are
also aiming to provide prostitutes with strategies that would
help them find alternatives to this way of life.”
working the area have been getting involved to offer the
prostitutes a way out of life on the streets.
are targeting kerb-crawlers as well as the prostitutes
themselves and at least ten have been reported by officers.
people will be receiving court summonses.
message is clear – kerb-crawlers will not b tolerated and we
will continue to patrol the areas where they congregate.
Officers will work in uniform and in plain clothes in a bid to
stop the trade.
well as those who live in Coventry, we have found that a number
of prostitutes are coming into the city from outside to ply
their trade. Should this practice continue, we will be looking
at taking out anti-social behaviour orders to keep them out.”