A Hillfields man says prostitution in the area is worse than ever - with an increasing number of women loitering around the streets and offering their services. It’s been an issue in the area for several years, but Steve Bowen, who lives in Swan Lane , says it remains a problem.
Residents have witnessed women waiting for business near the nearby school and used condoms have been found outside flats. But despite the ongoing problem, only four arrests have been made since September 2014 for loitering or soliciting in a street for the purpose of offering prostitution.
Mr Bowen says the women are there morning, noon and night, and it is becoming harmful for children who live in the area. He said: “It is traumatising and distressing to see these prostitutes working in this area. We have so many children who live round here and to see someone offering their services is life-changing.
"It’s not just seeing the act itself which is distressing, it is everything else and the details in between. They have been witnessed offering their services outside one of the nearby schools and that is absolutely traumatic to a child. Older people in the community have become immune to it because it happens that much.
“I’ve lived here for 11 years now, and it is a day to day problem every day and every night. The social disruption they cause is engraved in the community. The damage they cause to other people is never ending.”
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