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Teen prostitute begs for jail

Postby admin » 19 Jan 2010, 21:37

A teenager working as a prostitute to fund her drug habit begged magistrates to send her jail to save her from Gloucester pimps.

Aimee Carter, 19, of no fixed address, was brought before Cheltenham magistrates for failing to comply with her young offenders supervision licence. The court heard Carter, who has family in Gloucester she no longer has contact with, failed to attend numerous appointments with probation officers.

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Re: Teen prostitute begs for jail

Postby escortdarla » 20 Jan 2010, 11:40

I actually think that jail combined with a strong rehab programme might do her some good. But what is being done about the pimps and the drug dealers? Certainly the things I find so irritating about HH is that her proposals fail to address issues such as drugs and illegal immigration. Dealing with these problems would surely make prostitution safer.
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Re: Teen prostitute begs for jail

Postby admin » 20 Jan 2010, 13:43

Indeed Darla, there's a bigger picture that those in power don't seem to see
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Police set to tackle prostitution in Gloucester

Postby admin » 06 Nov 2010, 09:29

POLICE are set to target prostitution in Barton. Officers say they will be taking measured action over six women who have been reported as sex workers soliciting in the area. They have also pledged to take action against drug dealing in Tredworth and anti-social behaviour in Parry Field after asking residents which issues are most concerning them.

Police are eager to stress that they will be dealing with the issue of prostitution in a measured way following concerns about a group of around six women soliciting in the area.

More high visibility and covert patrols will take place at key times and officers will be speaking to the women involved and the men approaching them. Workers from the Vaughan Centre, a charity which provides refuge for homeless people in Gloucester, will be joining police to offer their expertise and services. The centre can offer the women shelter, health checks and help to get off drugs.

A range of measures, including warning letters and prosecution, will be taken by police if necessary, but officers say that each case will require a different approach.

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Re: Police set to tackle prostitution in Gloucester

Postby coventrypunter » 06 Nov 2010, 13:43

that will be a needle in a haystack operation then!

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Re: Police set to tackle prostitution in Gloucester

Postby lou4fun » 06 Nov 2010, 17:43

Nicky Bale, from the Vaughan Centre, said: "It is important to get away from the label ‘prostitutes’ and to see the girls as human beings. It is certainly not a life-style choice but a means-to-an-end which unfortunately means the girls are putting themselves into dangerous situations. We often see girls who have been beaten and threatened by the punters if they go to the police. The shame and stigma which is attached to sex workers often stops the girls from reporting these crimes. Hopefully by working together with the police and the community we can build up a relationship of trust with the girls and offer alternative choices which will help to keep them safe and healthy and off the streets.”

I read a very similar press release in Bournemouth a while back. Having seen a friend end up plying her trade on the street because of her dependency on drugs I struggle to understand how they expect to build up a relationship of trust. Drugs change personality and morals. Within one year my friend went from working the hotels at £200ph to smoking crack and working the streets for £20. I gave her a lift as I saw her and it was raining but she did not remember me and I was so upset for ages. I gave her money but my driver took it back off her and told her to fuck off. I had an unreal argument with him and ended up walking off. He tried to explain why but she was my friend. The next day I found a massive knife in the car which she had left. My driver sat me down and explained most of the girls carry some form of protection, adding that to the paranoia some drugs generate he did not want me anywhere near her.

The point Im waffling on about is if I could not trust my friend and she could not trust me what hope have the police. I noticed they put up cameras all around which simply herds the girls to darker inhabited parts of town.

It is very sad and what is more upsetting is there is obviously no solution to the problem.
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drugs lured young girls into prostitution

Postby triple h » 10 May 2012, 09:28

Former prostitutes say they were lured into drugs "as young teenagers"


TWO former prostitutes have spoken about how they were lured into drugs and selling themselves as teenagers, but were rescued from life on the streets by police help.

Destiny, not her real name, said she was given drugs by a bad crowd.

"I started hanging around with the wrong people from about 13," she said. "They introduced me to heroin and bought me presents.

"There are children out there who it's happening to right now.

"People don't look at the bigger picture."

Cindy, also not her real name, is another former sex worker and says she would "probably be dead now", if she had not had the help of police.

She said: "I worked on the streets for 12 hours a day sometimes.

"I slept in car parks, on park benches, in the rain.

"It was no life at all. All you'd think of is where you're going to get the next fix, the next buzz."

She has praised the police for their help and has now turned her life around.

"When the police found me I was really ill. They just offered me help. I'd had enough. I went to the outreach worker and was admitted to hospital.

"They saved my life. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. Never lose hope because there's help available, light at the end of the tunnel."

Officers connected both with The Manor Project, a not-for-profit drug rehabilitation residential centre in Walsall.

Cindy is now free of drugs and alcohol and no longer involved in prostitution. Destiny, who is also making good progress, said people's perceptions need to be challenged.

"Drugs control you, control your life and I hated it," she said. "It made me feel dirty but there was nothing I could do about it."

Police have targeted prostitution in Barton and Tredworth for years and recently appointed PC Dawn Collings as the new vulnerable person's officer.

She said: "Many of the women are from broken homes and have been victims all their lives.

"They're preyed upon by men who shower them with gifts and introduce them to drugs so they end up working the streets to fund their habit.

"Often they might loathe police and it might take years to get them to engage with different agencies.

"We spend a lot of time trying to stop the situation getting to that point in the first place."

Robert Gregory, of The Manor Project, has praised Dawn's work.

He said: "There are too many agencies keeping people on drugs, but I think what the police are doing is unbelievable. Officers like Dawn Collings are angels. She's saving people's lives by picking up girls on the path to destruction."

Anyone with information about prostitution in Barton and Tredworth should dial 101 or call anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Fears over prostitutes using a school field in Gloucester

Postby admin » 17 Apr 2014, 18:48

PROSTITUTES are being picked up by men in Barton Street and taken for sex on a nearby school playing field and in a back alley. Prostitution has long been a bugbear for Barton residents but it was thought that the problem had cleared up last year.

But recently up to four women – some described as being ‘very young’ – have been spotted plying their trade in Barton Street.

Councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) said: “Two girls were seen with one man down the Blenheim Road alley by the rubbish bins. Others are taking men to the playing fields at Widden Primary School for sex. We have seen four women and some look just 15 or 16 years old. This sort of activity does not help the area. It does not surprise me that it is happening but we have got to do something about it.”

Sgt Tim Wood, from the Barton policing team, said: “Prostitution in this area has been made a priority by the community and we know many people feel strongly about it.

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Two plead not guilty to a charge of persistently soliciting

Postby admin » 17 Apr 2014, 19:01

Kerry Ella Dalby, 33, of Fountain Square, and Nicola Dee Jenkins, 35, of Clement Street, Tredworth, pleaded not guilty to a charge each of persistently soliciting for the purposes of prostitution when they appeared before Stroud Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 14.

The offences are alleged to have been committed between February and March this year in Barton Street, Sinope Street and Charles Street.

They are separately charged and will stand trial at 2pm on October 3, at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court.

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Clampdown on prostitution in Barton and Tredworth

Postby admin » 27 May 2014, 19:42

POLICE are clamping down on prostitution in Barton and Tredworth. Gloucestershire Police and its partner agencies say prostitution is a “priority issue”.

However, they can’t deal with it on their own and need information from the community. The appeal has been made as part of a series of videos about prostitution in Gloucester produced by the constabulary.

In the video, local sergeant Tim Wood asks local people to keep logs for police to establish what time the girls are on the street. The video also includes details about how the police are tackling the issue.

An anonymous specialist officer said: “We don’t have an issue like Bristol, Birmingham and London. We do know that it attracts anti-social behaviour, pimps coming in and drug dealing.”

She explained that many girls are victims of sexual abuse from childhood who have been groomed to be dependent on the trade and are threatened if they do not co-operate. “They are given necklaces, mobile phones and then alcohol and drugs,” she said. “We are aware of one girl being taken out of the county and threatened with a cross-bow. It can be an extremely violent lifestyle.”

Police work with outreach teams, homeless charities and nurses to encourage girls to leave the trade. The girls will be cautioned and can be excluded from the area.

“There is no quick fix for these women,” said the specialist officer. “We are dealing with extremely damaged women so we have to try and take a bespoke approach but with women who will not engage we also have to respect the wishes of the community and they will be dealt with robustly.”

Another video shows how one former Gloucester sex worker has been helped by Gloucestershire Police.

Kelly, 16, said: “I was hanging around with some people who weren’t really a good influence. I was groomed into taking drugs. It was the desperation of finding the money to fund my habbit. I always had a voice in my head that was crying out for help."

With the help of Gloucestershire Police and its partner agencies, Kelly has now been off drugs for eight weeks and has applied for a course at college.

Pat Hurley, of the One Eyed Jack's pub in Barton Street, said: “This issue of prostitution has been the most difficult things that we have had to deal with over the years. Businesses find it embarrassing that the area has got this reputation and are worried about the social well-being of the girls.”

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'Teenage girls turning to drugs and prostitution in Barton'

Postby admin » 05 Jun 2014, 20:52

DRUG dealings and underage prostitution is becoming a rife problem in Barton, according to residents and a city councillor for the area. Usman Bhaimia, Gloucester City councillor for the ward, has claimed girls as young as 14 are turning to hard drugs and are selling their bodies to fund their habit.

They are said to loiter in alleyways around India Road, near Widden Primary School and around the bus station. Mr Bhaimia said this has been a growing problem for many years and is now getting worse – but police said they have not received a single complaint from him and urged him to “roll up his sleeves”.

Mr Bhaimia said: “These gangs are growing in number and becoming a real problem for Barton. I don’t blame the girls because they’re just funding their habit, the real criminals are the gang members who are using them.

“The police have always done a great job in clamping down on certain areas where this has happened, but the problem is they keep moving. We need to see more police patrolling the streets, and CCTV cameras where these deals are taking place.”

Gloucestershire Police has recently published a series of videos about prostitution in the city and appealed for the public to come forward if they have any information. In one video, an unidentified specialist officer said that many girls are victims of sexual abuse from childhood who have been groomed to be dependent on the trade and are threatened if they do not co-operate.

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Gloucester RLD

Postby admin » 28 Jul 2015, 15:30

Prostitutes are once again blighting families' lives in Barton Street as they have been spotted returning to the area.

Residents say sex workers have been seen soliciting on Charles Street and near Widden Primary School and Ghousia Islamic Community Centre and are attracting kerb crawlers.

It has been a regular problem in the Barton area over the last few years but it was thought to have come to an end a few months ago.

However a number of women have been seen loitering on street corners most evenings and into the early hours.


One Widden Street resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was tired of seeing them.

"I have just got fed up of it. We are all fed up with it but we can't do anything," he said.

"I am a family man, I am a granddad and I don't want to see prostitutes outside my house taking drugs.

"Men in their cars come by at all hours in their car and slow down and pick these girls up but they always come back.

"They have even been there when we were returning from fasting at three in the morning."

In the past sex workers have been spotted taking men to playing fields next to Widden Primary School for sex.

Two women from Gloucester were charged with soliciting for prostitution in the area in April last year.

The issue of prostitution has been listed as a priority by the Barton policing team, who say it is a sensitive issue involving vulnerable women.

In response to the concerns raised by the local community, the neighbourhood policing team based at Barton Street have been working alongside specialist trained officers and a range of local agencies to address the issues.

Sergeant Matt Puttock said they recognised the negative impact prostitution could have on the area.

"A new dedicated outreach programme with regular drop in centres has been established to help divert women caught in the sex trade away from what is often a brutal and difficult lifestyle," he said.

"Alongside this work, the team have introduced a new scheme to enable fast and efficient action to be taken in regard to men trying to solicit the workers for sex."

In addition to powers of prosecution, the team has joined forces with the Avon and Somerset and Wiltshire constabularies to manage a Prostitution Change Course.

Much like the speed awareness course for speeding motorists, it aims to help identify males looking for prostitutes and send them at their own cost to attend an educational course that reinforces the dangers and risks associated with prostitution, and highlights the consequences of kerb crawling for sexual services.

Sergeant Puttock added: "Recent changes to the constabulary structure means we are better placed than ever to respond to the issues, and over the coming months we will be directing uniformed and plain clothes officers in specific operations to target both the men and women involved in prostitution in the area.

"In particular the men coming to the area will quickly realise that if they try to use the services of a prostitute, they will be dealt with quickly and robustly, and that they will be held to account for their exploitative and criminal actions."


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Re: Gloucester RLD

Postby admin » 29 Jan 2016, 20:08

Prostitutes loitering around streets in Barton are causing residents to fear leaving their own homes, it has been claimed. Now people are calling on the police to get to grips with the problem once and for all. Sex workers have been spotted in side roads off Barton Street and are now said to be lingering near Widden Primary School and Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls.

Residents have complained of being propositioned by the girls, who they say range from just 16 to the mid-30s in age, and have claimed police are not doing enough to tackle the problem.

One resident of Barton Street, who wished not to be named, said even his father in his 60s was propositioned. He said: "They approach anyone and everyone. We cannot take our children out of the house past a certain time. It's down to the police - they need to kick them out from there. I was driving with my nine-year-old daughter in the cross between Widden Street and Charles Street and they started walking towards our car. It's the same three or four women who are always there."

The prostitutes are said to be from outside Barton and Tredworth, visiting the area only to pick up business. In previous years they have also been spotted in St James Park, India Road and off Tredworth High Street.

A resident of All Saints Road, who also did not wish to be named, said the issue has been going on for some time.

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Re: Gloucester RLD

Postby admin » 16 Mar 2017, 20:02

A public meeting is being held tonight to discuss drug dealing, prostitution and antisocial behaviour in Barton and Tredworth. Residents have had letters through their doors from Gloucester City councillor Saj Patel (C) who respresents the area.

In it, he says concerns about drugs, the sex trade and wider behaviour blighting that part of the city have been raised "for some time".

He adds: "I have organised an open meeting with the police to give the residents the opportunity to come along and let the police and I hear your concerns. The police will also be able to update everyone on the work they have been doing regarding the above mentioned issues."

In January last year it was claimed prostitutes loitering around streets in Barton were causing residents to fear leaving their own homes.

Sex workers were spotted in side roads off Barton Street and were then said to be lingering near Widden Primary School and Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls.

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