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Re: 18 kerb-crawlers arrested in six-night operation

Postby Kimjongil » 06 Apr 2011, 21:49

Meanwhile how many people have been assaulted, mugged and knifed in Hull?
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'It's like Amsterdam red light district'

Postby admin » 24 Oct 2012, 20:56

RESIDENTS of Hessle Road claim they are being forced to live in an area similar to the red light district of Amsterdam. Frustration is growing that not enough is being done to tackle the number of sex workers plying their trade on the road's street corners. The area close to Constable Street is a particular concern, with many residents deterred from going outside after dark.

Resident Julie Lambert believes something needs to be done quickly. She said: "We have had this problem for ten years. I have written letters to my MP, I've spoke to Councillor Nadine Fudge and we have had meetings with the police. But nothing is changing. There were four prostitutes down there just the other night. It is like Amsterdam. There are condoms all along the tenfoots. People are frightened to speak out but something has to be done. The lighting is very dark and that needs to be addressed."

Ms Lambert accepts it is difficult to stamp out prostitution but believes it needs to be driven away from people's homes. She said: "You can't stop prostitution but it shouldn't be allowed to go on in residential areas. I was born in Hessle Road and I've lived here for around 40 years. It used to be a fantastic road but now it has just become a red light area. The other night, I slowed down at the traffic lights and one of them tried to get in. There are around 15 prostitutes working round here."

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hull support group calls for kerbcrawling law change

Postby triple h » 30 Oct 2012, 10:59

'Change kerb crawling laws', says support group for Hull prostitutes
Kerb crawlers are being targeted by a support group for prostitutes.

At present, those caught soliciting prostitutes can be arrested and bailed but then it has to be proved they coerced the woman into prostitution.


But Lucy Paxton, of the Lighthouse Project, based in Newland Avenue, west Hull, wants the UK to introduce the Swedish legislation known as the Kvinnofrid law, which recognises prostitution as violence against women.

This would mean kerb crawling or approaching prostitutes would be a crime in itself, with no need to prove coercion.

Mrs Paxton said: "If someone is caught kerb crawling they can be arrested and bailed.

"But in order to get a conviction it has to be proved the woman was coerced into prostitution.

"This is the case usually for street prostitution but the law makes it very difficult to bring a conviction.

"The Swedish law criminalises the purchase full stop without any pre-requisites such as proving coercion.

"It is a moral stance of violence against women at a governmental level."

Her comments come after residents living off Hessle Road claimed prostitutes are working right outside their homes.

Frustration is growing that not enough is being done to tackle the number of sex workers plying their trade on the road's street corners.

The area close to Constable Street is a particular concern, with many residents deterred from going outside after dark.

Resident Julie Lambert told the Mail last week: "We have had this problem for ten years.

"There were four prostitutes down there just the other night. It is like Amsterdam.

"There are condoms all along the tenfoots.

"People are frightened to speak out but something has to be done.

"You can't stop prostitution but it shouldn't be allowed to go on in residential areas."

Mrs Paxton believes the problem is being addressed.

She said: "The women can get 'yellow carded' for soliciting.

"Two yellow cards in three months can lead to a conviction unless the woman engages with support agencies.

"The police in Hull have worked well over the past two years to build relationships and aid women linking with agencies to support them towards exiting street prostitution.

"There has been less presence on the streets for the past six months.

"But our figures for the first eight months still show we have had contact with 54 different women in the evening and an additional 30 during the day."

Mrs Paxton is keen to point out that the prostitutes are also the victims.

She said: "The women working on our streets suffer violence and coercion on a daily basis.

"About 98 per cent are on Class A drugs, caught in an inexorable cycle of poverty, abuse, exploitation, low self- esteem and despair.

"Choice is a word they cannot comprehend in this situation.

"We support women to gain stability, self-esteem and worth, empowering them on the arduous journey towards exiting prostitution."

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Re: hull support group calls for kerbcrawling law change

Postby Preacher » 30 Oct 2012, 15:01

May I suggest that there are some very odd and misleading statements in this article.

tripleh wrote:
At present, those caught soliciting prostitutes can be arrested and bailed but then it has to be proved they coerced the woman into prostitution.


Eh? Since when? Have I missed something?


This would mean kerb crawling or approaching prostitutes would be a crime in itself, with no need to prove coercion.


Solicitation is already a self-standing offence in its own right. Paying for sex with someone who has been "coerced" is another, separate, offence.

Mrs Paxton said: "If someone is caught kerb crawling they can be arrested and bailed.

"But in order to get a conviction it has to be proved the woman was coerced into prostitution.

"This is the case usually for street prostitution but the law makes it very difficult to bring a conviction.



All very muddled. Please refer to the relevant sections of our Sex Laws Info section.

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Re: hull support group calls for kerbcrawling law change

Postby admin » 30 Oct 2012, 22:03

This is the case usually for street prostitution but the law makes it very difficult to bring a conviction.


I thought the trend was to send kerb crawlers on intensive Adult Behaviour Agreement courses rather than take them to court as it is viewed as more likely to stop them reoffending
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Street prostitution: 'zero tolerance'

Postby admin » 26 Jul 2013, 17:47

Police are launching an operation to target a rise in street prostitution in west Hull.

Residents have been complaining to officers about street workers in Hessle Road and the surrounding area.

Officers are now planning to step up patrols to reduce the number of prostitutes and kerb-crawlers. They say "zero tolerance" will be shown to those caught using prostitutes.

They will be speaking to street workers to advise them where they can get the help they need to get off the streets.

Sergeant James Clough, of the Riverside neighbourhood policing team, said: "Residents in the area have suffered long enough with disruption to their daily lives.

"It's time for the street workers and their users to be aware of the effect they have on people's lives and to clear the area of the problem."

Complaints have been made about Hessle Road, the Boulevard, English Street, Witty Street and Constable Street.

Street workers have also been seen in Porter Street, Midland Street and Pease Street.

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hull kerb crawlers to get letters from police

Postby triple h » 31 Aug 2013, 23:25

'Dear kerb-crawler': Letters sent to homes of men touring Hull streets for sex

POLICE are to send letters to kerb-crawlers warning them officers know what they have been doing.

Drivers whose cars have been spotted circling the city’s red-light areas will have the letters sent to their home addresses. Those who are caught picking up prostitutes will face arrest and could be sent on a course or prosecuted.

Police will be targeting the kerb-crawlers as part of an ongoing operation to reduce prostitution in west Hull.

PC Lorraine Summerfield, neighbourhood officer for the Hessle Road area, said: “Even if we just see cars circling the block, but don’t see them with a girl, we will be taking their registrations and sending letters to their home addresses. They will have a lot of explaining to do to their families if they see the letters.

"We know there are poor women out there who are sitting at home while their husbands are out trawling Hessle Road. We have seen men with girls who have child seats in the back of their cars and other men whose wives are very poorly, and they are still out.”

The operation has been launched after an increase in the number of prostitutes working in the Hessle Road area. For the past two weeks, officers have been patrolling the area to speak to the women working on the streets and offering them help and support.

In the next stage of the operation, officers in marked and unmarked cars will be out looking for kerb-crawlers. Those who are caught could be sent on the one-day ‘Change’ course as an alternative to appearing in court.

PC Summerfield said: “It is about targeting the punters and hopefully educating them about the problems they can cause. If we see them with a girl, they will be arrested and offered the course. It has been very successful as only one or two who have been on it have been caught re-offending.

“The men generally don’t want to go to court and have their details in the paper or their families knowing about what they have been doing. The first stage has been about talking to the girls, letting them know we are here to help and seeing if we can get them any support to deal with their issues and get off the streets.

“In the past, police have generally targeted the girls and locked them up, when really they are the ones that need the help. That isn’t what we do anymore, it is about targeting the punters.”

Police have also seen a rise in the number of complaints from residents in recent months.

“We have had children who have been looking out of their bedroom windows and can see these people having sex in cars,” said PC Summerfield. “That isn’t right and the residents are rightly fed up. They can hear the girls shouting asking for business and there are often discarded condoms around.”

Women working on the streets have expressed support for police targeting their clients.

One girl, who did not wish to be named, said: “We are all vulnerable and desperate and will do anything for money. The men who come here and taking advantage of that and they are the ones who the police should be going after.”

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Re: hull kerb crawlers to get letters from police

Postby admin » 01 Sep 2013, 17:13

As far as I'm aware driving through a red light district isn't an offence, so on what basis are the letters being sent? If an offence is not being committed then are the police exceeding their statuary remit in sending these letters.
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Re: hull kerb crawlers to get letters from police

Postby Preacher » 01 Sep 2013, 18:42

This sort of thing has been going on for years, across many police areas - there are literally scores of previous examples. It's just sabre-rattling. If no offence has been committed, there's nothing to warrant the intrusion - but they play up the "shaming" and "warning" aspect to deter punters.

Sometimes it throws up some odd results, as in the case of the actress who received a letter in Bradford.

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Must point out that in Scotland, things are rather different, and merely being seen in a RLD - irrespective of any solicitation - could land you in court with every chance of a conviction.

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Re: hull kerb crawlers to get letters from police

Postby admin » 09 Sep 2013, 09:42

Preacher wrote:This sort of thing has been going on for years, across many police areas - there are literally scores of previous examples. It's just sabre-rattling. If no offence has been committed, there's nothing to warrant the intrusion - but they play up the "shaming" and "warning" aspect to deter punters.

Sometimes it throws up some odd results, as in the case of the actress who received a letter in Bradford.

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A policy review was ordered by the commander of Bradford South Police as a result of this

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Re: hull kerb crawlers to get letters from police

Postby admin » 09 Sep 2013, 10:01

triple h wrote:'Dear kerb-crawler': Letters sent to homes of men touring Hull streets for sex

POLICE are to send letters to kerb-crawlers warning them officers know what they have been doing.

Drivers whose cars have been spotted circling the city’s red-light areas will have the letters sent to their home addresses. Those who are caught picking up prostitutes will face arrest and could be sent on a course or prosecuted.


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Kerb-crawlers range from lads of 18 to respectable businessm

Postby admin » 12 Sep 2013, 19:54

Crime reporter Jenna Thompson joined police on the hunt for kerb-crawlers in the Hessle Road area of west Hull. Officers are cracking down on men looking for prostitutes.

To the untrained eye, they look like any other couple simply crossing the road. But even from a few hundred metres away, police are convinced this man and woman are a prostitute and user.

Tonight, Humberside Police are on an operation to catch kerb-crawlers. Special constables Joe Blackie and Ryan Laking are patrolling Hessle Road. After a rise in the number of prostitutes working in the area and an increase in complaints from local residents, police are fighting back. "We will be looking for kerb-crawlers and stopping them if they pick up a girl," says PC Blackie.

If they are stopped, the men will be given a choice of being given a police caution and paying £200 to attend the "Change" course or being prosecuted.

"The course explains the consequences of their actions to their men," says PC Blackie. "I have worked on it and was amazed by the different walks of life the men come from. They range from 18-year-old lads to respectable businessmen. Many will have wives and partners at home who would be appalled if they knew what they were getting up to."

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Re: Kerb-crawlers range from lads of 18 to respectable businessm

Postby admin » 17 Sep 2013, 20:21

An operation to try to stop street prostitution in an area of Hull is "going well", police have said. Humberside Police have been patrolling the Hessle Road area of the city for two weeks, targeting kerb crawlers.

The force said there had been a noticeable reduction in activity and in the number of complaints from residents about prostitution.

Men caught soliciting prostitutes have been offered a caution and a place on a "change course". The course is designed to show kerb crawlers the impact that working as a prostitute has on women.

Sgt Jim Clough said he had noticed a difference on Hessle Road since the operation began.

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Re: Kerb-crawlers range from lads of 18 to respectable businessm

Postby admin » 16 Jul 2014, 20:51

A HULL community plagued by prostitution for more than a decade is making a desperate bid to finally eradicate the problem. The issue has caused misery for Hessle Road residents for the past 12 years, with families in the area complaining of regularly finding condoms and syringes in the street.

Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson is now working with Humberside Police and Hull City Council as a campaign to end prostitution in Hessle Road gathers pace.

Following a meeting with residents, it was suggested the council apply for funding from the police and crime commissioner's new £235,000-a-year funding pot to reduce crime and improve public safety, which was launched last week.

Mr Johnson said: "I had a very constructive meeting with the leader of Hull City Council, Steve Brady, and local police, at which one of my constituents, who lives in the Hessle Road area, spoke eloquently of the problems residents are having to endure. We now need to find solutions and we need to find them quickly. I will be playing my part in that process."

Residents say they have been "putting up with prostitution on their doorsteps" for 12 years, with many fearing to leave their homes at night. Women are often approached by kerb crawlers mistaking them for the working women and many have found condoms in their gardens.

The mother-of-two leading the campaign, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said: "People are frightened. They are scared of the pimps, not the girls but all that comes with them, the drugs and those behind the scenes, coming in and out of the tenfoots. We just want them to move. That is all we want.

I have seen people leave who have lived here for years – why should they have to? If we walk down the street on foot, men pull up alongside, thinking we are prostitutes. We find condoms in the morning and kids are playing in this. They have taken over the entire road.

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Re: Kerb-crawlers range from lads of 18 to respectable businessm

Postby admin » 16 Jul 2014, 20:52

COUNCIL powers could be used in the battle against prostitution in Hessle Road. The issue has caused misery for Hessle Road residents for the past 12 years, with families in the area complaining of regularly finding condoms and syringes in the street. Now Hull City Council lawyers are considering whether they can use Section 222 orders to help tackle the problem.

Under the Local Government Act 1972, the orders can be used "where a local authority considers that it is expedient for the protection or promotion of the interests of the inhabitants of its area, it may prosecute legal proceedings". Hull City Council believes the order could be used as prostitution in Hessle Road has become a persistent nuisance.

Ward Councillor Daren Hale said: "Our lawyers are looking at whether we can use this order to tackle the problem. It can be used where there is not one specific individual responsible and effectively bans the activity, in this case, prostitution. It then gives the council the power to summons to court anyone who breaches this order.

"It might not deter prostitutes but it could certainly put off their clients. It is a case of being as disruptive as we can and trying to drive this away from residential areas as it is having a real impact on the quality of life of those living close by."

Cllr Hale also hopes new covert cameras can help. They are set to be installed shortly in the area around Hessle Road and will also be used to tackle drug dealing and fly-tipping.

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