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Postby admin » 14 Sep 2014, 21:35

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Coventry RLD

Postby admin » 06 Mar 2015, 19:45

Prostitution in Hillfields remains a “tough nut to crack” despite progress, according to a local councillor. A police crackdown to eradicate prostitution in the area has been continuing now for three years - with no sign of a conclusion.

The issue remains a hot topic with residents complaining about sex workers and kerb crawlers at meetings.

Coun Jim O’Boyle (Lab, St Michaels) said: “It’s definitely a work in progress. What tends to happen is they move around the area. I tell the police I want them removed from the area and they counter by saying that if that happens they will lose control of them if officers don’t know where they are.

“I can’t say it’s getting better or worse. The police have intelligence which suggests that a lot of activity is taking place at a different time of the night. It’s very late at night, almost early hours of the morning. As a result the public are less aware because it’s happening in the dead of night.

“Two years ago we had at least three brothels closed down and it didn’t really raise an eyebrow with the public. Yet when you have one in Cheylesmore anyone would have thought Sodom and Gomorrah had raised up. My constituents have the same right to live in peace, free from fear or intimidation as everybody in the city. And to be fair to the police this is a tough nut to crack. Coventry isn’t the only city in the country with this problem.”

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Re: Coventry RLD

Postby admin » 06 Mar 2015, 20:05

State of the art new CCTV cameras are being used in Coventry to try and catch out kerb crawlers. The devices are fitted with 4G cards meaning officers can watch live footage of key areas in the city’s red light district and download high quality footage if residents report a nuisance.

They can be pointed wherever police want and if necessary they can be moved wholesale – meaning if sex workers and kerb crawlers start frequenting a different street the cameras can effectively follow them.

The devices are the latest tool being used by police in the long-running crackdown on sex workers using the streets of Hillfields. They also mark an improvement from previous cameras that could only be accessed by connecting wirelessly from a laptop, usually from directly underneath the camera.

Insp Gareth Mason, of Coventry Police, said: “Hopefully these cameras will act as a deterrent for kerb crawlers. If you get a report of a car driving around the area and there’s a camera there you can look at the vehicle and either go and have a word or send a warning letter out.

“These cameras are overt. They are obvious. They are another tool we have got to support all the other things we are doing in Hillfields, like high visibility patrols. If a kerb crawler sees one of these cameras then the residents plagued by these people day in day out might get a bit of relief. The kerb crawler may go elsewhere or hopefully they won’t bother at all.”

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Re: Coventry RLD

Postby admin » 02 Jan 2017, 18:30

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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Re: Coventry RLD

Postby admin » 17 Feb 2017, 19:00

Coventry has one of the highest rates of persistent street prostitution recorded in the country, according to government figures. Latest crime figures from the Home Office show the city had a high rate of soliciting for prostitution in the 12 months up to and including September 2016.

There were 15 cases recorded by Coventry Police. That amounts to one instance of soliciting for prostitution recorded for every 23,026 people living in the city - one of the highest rates in the country.

The figure is nearly five times higher than the national average. Across England and Wales there were 524 cases of soliciting for prostitution recorded by police. That’s one case for every 110,468 people.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle (Lab, St Michaels), whose Coventry City Council ward includes Hillfields where prostitutes work on the streets, said: “I can’t accept that it’s as bad as Birmingham or Manchester. I just can’t accept that, but there is a problem that should be tackled. It’s not acceptable for residents walking down the streets on their ordinary businesses to be accosted by a kerb crawler looking for business.

“There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes which is important because if somebody is arrested for soliciting they are taken off the streets for a couple of hours while they are processed then later they appear in court and get a fine. Then they have to go back on the streets to earn the money to pay for the fine.”

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Re: Coventry RLD

Postby admin » 20 Feb 2017, 23:04

Police say that while prostitution in the Hillfields area of Coventry will come as “no surprise” to residents, it is still “unacceptable”.

It was revealed last week that the city has one of the highest rates of persistent street prostitution recorded in the country. Government figures show Coventry had a rate of soliciting for prostitution in the 12 months up to and including September 2016 that was nearly five times higher than the national average.

And now officers working in Hillfields - known for its red light district - have had their say on their issue. Inspector Ed Peake, who covers St Michael’s ward, said they are focusing on getting people out of prostitution and targeting kerb crawlers, rather than just prosecuting sex workers.

Insp Peake said: “Prostitution has been a factor within the Hillfields area of Coventry for a number of years; this will come as no surprise to many of the residents however this doesn’t make it acceptable. Over time we have tried a number of different tactics to tackle the problem including focusing on kerb crawlers, law enforcement around offenders, safeguarding and prosecution. Our emphasis is on supporting people out of prostitution and tackling kerb crawling, rather than simply prosecuting people for soliciting, in an effort to reduce reoffending.

“We now offer a STOP Programme to kerb crawlers, which is an educational rehabilitation course. The course originated in North America where the re-offending rates vary but are reported to be as low as two per cent. Every kerb crawler caught who is eligible, is referred for this course.

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