From The Birmingham Mail
POLICE claim to be winning the war against kerb crawlers and prostitutes after a dozen were arrested in a crackdown. Officers launched the blitz in Edgbaston and Ladywood hoping that the shame of being nabbed cruising the streets would be enough to drive the problem away from the area.
More than half of those arrested in the no-nonsense police operation â€“ codenamed Composure â€“ were held in the first weekend. Arrests and cautions for both groups have since slumped around the city end of Hagley Road and police chiefs said the number of sightings have shown a significant drop as word of the campaign spread.
One man is now facing prosecution for persistently soliciting a woman from his car in All Saints Street, Hockley. A sex worker arrested in Reservoir Road, Ladywood, was charged and remanded in custody after three street cautions.
Officers said they were also working with health and voluntary agencies to offer help and support to sex workers wanting an escape route from their lifestyle.
Supt Simon Hyde, from Rose Road police, said: â€œThis operation aims to protect communities and individuals from the harm caused by prostitution, which can include exploitation, crime and drug abuse. The strong enforcement element of the operation targeting kerb crawlers and the people exploiting the sex workers has the full weight of the criminal justice system behind it. It is very important that the excellent work we have been doing in the last two weeks with partner agencies continues to offer a way out for those engaged in prostitution.â€http://oldestprof.com/index.php/crimewa ... inning-war