No arrests for kerb crawling have been made in the past six years in a town where five sex workers were murdered, police figures show. A total of 43 prostitution-related arrests were made in Ipswich between 2010 and 2016, but none for on-street sex work, Suffolk Police said.
Steve Wright's killings in 2006 led to moves to shut the red light district. The Iceni Project, which worked with police, said it was the "best legacy" for Wright's five victims.
The arrest figures, released under a freedom of information request, were in connection with trafficking, keeping a brothel for prostitution and controlling prostitution for gain, police said.
There has been recent speculation that street prostitution had returned, but police and the project said no evidence was found to support this. The rumours circulated 10 years after Tania Nicol, the first of Wright's victims, went missing. Officers were sent to the town's Norwich Road on Monday but "no persons of concern were found".
Brian Tobin, from the Iceni Project, said: "We can't rest on our laurels, and any anecdotal evidence that we get or the police get, we immobilise immediately. I can't believe we would let street prostitution occur in Ipswich again. It will be the best legacy of all for the five women that we don't ever tolerate it again."
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