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Prostitutes in 'serial killer' warning

Postby admin » 05 Nov 2016, 20:09

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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Re: Ipswich Prostitution Strategy

Postby admin » 12 Dec 2016, 21:20

Ten years after the town was scarred by the Steve Wright murders, efforts to ensure street prostitution does not return to Ipswich are being stepped up.

Politicians and other civic leaders have come together to agree a statement pledging to step up the battle against street prostitution – and a new plan aimed at ensuring it will not return is to be published early next year. The civic leaders came together after reports emerged that some prostitution had returned to the streets that Wright terrorised in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2006.

Borough council leader David Ellesmere said a new plan to deal with any return would focus on two aims. He said: “We have to make it as easy as possible for the girls to get out of prostitution and the opening of the Talitha Koum centre has certainly helped there.

“And we have to make it as difficult as possible for them to continue working on the streets. When the police started the clampdown 10 years ago they targeted the users, not the girls themselves. There were no girls arrested during the first year. There may have been one or two arrests of girls after that – those who would not engage with those trying to deal with the problem – but the aim was to deal with the users in the first instance.”

Mr Ellesmere was encouraged that politicians from both main parties had signed the statement: “I really think they all understand the importance of this and accept that there will need to be some resources put towards this work,” he said.

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Re: Ipswich Prostitution Strategy

Postby admin » 16 Mar 2017, 20:16

A decade after leaders vowed to eradicate street prostitution in Ipswich, new figures have revealed sex working in the town is on the rise. Today, professionals have made a fresh pledge to ensure the problem does not return to the scale it was at in 2006 when Steve Wright murdered five women from the so-called red light district.

The number of calls Suffolk Constabulary has received reporting suspected street prostitution in Ipswich has more than tripled over a year, jumping from three in 2015 to 10 last year, according to data provided following a Freedom of Information request from this title. Up until February 7 this year there had been two recorded sightings.

David Ellesmere, leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said plans for a new and independent system to make it easier for people to call in any concerns were being put in place. He added: “I would imagine that those reports to the police are a small proportion of what’s actually being seen because not everyone will report it.

“At the moment police believe that there are a very small number of women involved in street prostitution, but clearly they are not there all the time to be able to witness it. It’s members of the public who are going to be seeing this the most.“

Brian Tobin, chief executive of Iceni Ipswich, a charity which was on the frontline when the killings happened to help women overcome addictions, said back then there were around 37 sightings a night. He added: “When I look at where it used to be and I look at other towns and cities and see what problems they have got, it’s huge compared to Ipswich, but we can’t rest on our laurels.

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