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Police clampdown

Postby admin » 01 Dec 2008, 10:42

From The BBC

More than 50 prostitutes have been cautioned and more than 20 kerb crawlers caught by police as part of a vice clampdown in Cardiff. For the last three weeks officers have run an operation in the Grangetown and Splott areas of the city.

Kerb-crawlers have agreed to sign contracts not to approach women for sex, with car-owners also targeted with letters - aimed at being a deterrent. Prostitutes who were caught have been offered help to change their lifestyle.

The operation was carried out as part of a new long-term strategy for dealing with street prostitution in the capital. Kerb crawlers were targeted in Grangetown and Splott after residents raised concerns about the problem at Partnership and Communities Together (Pact) meetings.

Pc Melanie Rowlands, who led the operation, said: "This activity is having a huge community impact with for example, sex and drugs litter, increased traffic noise, sexual activity in secluded areas near residents housing, and residents propositioned by kerb crawlers and prostitutes. This operation is not just about patrolling areas to take action against prostitutes but also about identifying those involved in street prostitution and offering them routes out of this destructive way of life." This includes referrals to agencies to deal with issues such as drugs and housing.

Since 1 November, when the month-long operation began, 54 prostitute street cautions have been issued and 16 referrals have been made to organisations such as the drugs intervention programme and the Women's Turn Around Project.

Ten kerb crawlers have signed acceptable behaviour contracts pledging not to approach women in the street for sex. Another 14 warning letters have been sent to car-owners suspected of kerb crawling.

With the help of residents, council and police are clearing up graffiti and litter and removing park benches to stop loitering.

On Monday, residents and agencies such as Cardiff Council and the 101 service will join forces with South Wales Police to clean up the areas. They will also target untaxed and illegally parked cars and remove park benches which are being used for anti-social behaviour and crime.

Pc Rowlands added: "We find that areas used for street prostitution are often used by fly-tippers which impacts on the overall appearance of the locality and community spirit, so today we will be working with many agencies and the local residents to clean up the area. Residents have told us that they have seen a real reduction in activity during the last three weeks and I would like to thank them for their continued support and patience."

Ch Supt Josh Jones, divisional commander for Cardiff, said: "I genuinely feel for the residents who have to put up anti-social behaviour associated with street prostitution and I would like to reassure them that we will be targeting the kerb crawlers and pimps."

Councillor Judith Woodman, deputy leader for Cardiff Council with portfolio responsibility for communities, housing and social justice, added: "This latest operation is a positive step forward by all involved in helping to address some of the complex issues driving these problems."

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Worries kerb crawlers ignored after single arrest in 2 years

Postby admin » 07 Feb 2011, 20:03

ONLY one person has been arrested by South Wales Police for kerb crawling in the last two years. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal a single arrest was made in Cardiff.

South Wales West AM Bethan Jenkins, who has campaigned on the issue, has said the figures were "very worrying." She said: "My concern is that the police are legitimising prostitution by not targeting the men that use prostitutes. "There are areas of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport where citizens know what is happening with on-street prostitution and where the brothels are. These places could have been targeted, but the arrests are not happening there either."

South Wales Police launched a crackdown on street prostitution last year in the red-light areas of Cardiff.

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Suburb plagued by prostitution looks to lock out problem

Postby admin » 11 Apr 2013, 20:55

Residents have fought a battle against the problem after condoms were found behind homes in Grangetown, Cardiff. Alley gates are being put up to help stop prostitution in a city suburb’s back streets, after complaints from residents. The introduction of the gates along alleys behind Taffs Mead Embankment, Grangetown, follow concerns about condoms being found behind family homes.

Inge Hanson, who lives in nearby Dinas Street with her husband and nine-year-old son, said: “What I found in the alleys was not pleasant. I found several condoms and drug paraphernalia.” She added: “I don’t want prostitutes plying their trade in my area. But they should be safe, it is unfortunate that they are doing what they do. I am sure they have serious problems and difficult lives but it is hard for residents to put up with what happens.”

The move has been welcomed by police in the area. Simon Walker, PCSO for north Grangetown, said: “Alley-gating will help deny access to the lanes they are known to use. We patrol the area and we work closely with outreach workers, looking at what causes them to be in this work, whether it’s dependency on alcohol or drugs. The safety of the sex workers themselves is always a consideration we have to deal with.”

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plan to tackle cardiff street prostitution

Postby triple h » 19 Sep 2013, 17:18

Cardiff plans to tackle street prostitution

A 12-point plan to tackle street prostitution problems in Cardiff is due to be discussed by city officials.



The plan includes exploring whether sex workers can be moved away from homes in Grangetown and Splott into non-residential areas.

It follows an inquiry by the council which found about 120 women were involved in street prostitution.
The research claimed 95% of them came from abusive backgrounds and were often addicted to class A drugs like heroin.

Cardiff council's cabinet is meeting on Monday to make its response to the report published in March last year by the Community and Adult Services Scrutiny Committee of the council.

The report warned there was "no overarching strategy" for tackling sex work and prostitution in the Welsh capital, and what "piecemeal" responses were being undertaken were down to individual officers' commitment - rather than any strategic approach.

The issue of street prostitution in areas around Grangetown and Splott has been high on the agenda for the local communities for more than a decade - since the redevelopment of Cardiff's traditional red-light district pushed sex workers into residential areas.

Before that areas around the city centre and parts of the docks were where the vast majority of prostitutes worked.

As part of the Cardiff cabinet discussion, officers have recommended that it accepts a move to: "Explore the pros and cons of diverting street sex work/prostitution into non-residential areas to reduce the impact on residential neighbourhoods."

The mood of some of the local residents in the areas affected was summed up by research carried out by Swansea University, in which 200 households were interviewed.

"It should be stopped in residential areas. They leave condoms in our bin area also on street and in parks where children play," one resident told the study team.

"I've still got the log book where I used to write down what I saw," said Grangetown campaigner, Valerie Howard.

She has helped the issue become a regular policing priority through the area's local police and community group, Pact.

"I think that they're still in the area but I also think things are definitely better. They seem to have moved - but I'm not quite sure where," she said.

Other recommendations under consideration by council leaders are aimed at addressing the issues of health and safety of sex workers, and helping them get out of the sex trade.

They include:

Harm reduction and safeguarding of communities
Training of frontline staff and improving the health and wellbeing of street sex workers
Consider providing education to certain groups of secondary school age pupils on positive relationships
Consider whether further research identifying the routes into sex work/prostitution is required
But officers have recommended that a measure to regulate the off-street sex trade is rejected.

It would have seen the council extend its licensing policy to cover massage parlours and saunas in the city, to allow inspection visits with outreach workers.

It is estimated that nearly 400 people are involved working in off-street sex work in Cardiff.

But the council cabinet has been told that changes to the licensing regulations would need a change in UK legislation.

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Re: plan to tackle cardiff street prostitution

Postby admin » 20 Sep 2013, 20:40

Thanks for finding that H
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Man convicted of kerb crawling after mistaking teen girl

Postby admin » 12 Jan 2016, 19:45

Amrulallah Dargai was found guilty of soliciting after he approached the 16-year-old as she cycled home. He drove up to her and asked her if she was doing “business”. The girl was horrified at the question but managed to note the 44-year-old’s car registration number before speedily cycling off. The vehicle was traced by officers to a house in Fairwater in Cardiff.

When questioned Dargai claimed he was concerned about the girl being alone so late at night in Sanquhar Street in Splott. But officers rejected his story and he was summoned to face a charge of soliciting another person for the purpose of obtaining their sexual services as a prostitute in August.

Dragai was found guilty following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court and slapped with a £100 fine. He was also ordered to pay £300 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service and a further £20 to the victim.

"The victim was shocked and offended when she was approached by this individual,” said PC Katherine Barry in charge of the case. Despite being upset by what had happened, she did exactly the right thing - making a note of his car details, returning to her family home, and reporting the matter to South Wales Police.

"Street prostitution is a PACT priority for residents in Splott and it is important that we have long-term strategies to address the issues. We hope this case will act as a deterrent to anyone thinking of kerb crawling in Cardiff."


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Re: Cardiff RLD

Postby admin » 23 Dec 2016, 21:41

There are up to 140 women working as prostitutes on the streets of Cardiff, Ruth Mosalski spent the night with a charity who provide a welfare service to them

It was pretty cold on Wednesday night. I don’t know if you noticed. I did. But only when I switched the warmth of my house for the streets of Cardiff. I was out with the staff and volunteers of the Streetlife project, run by Safer Wales. They work with up to 140 prostitutes who work on Cardiff’s streets selling their bodies for money.

As we left the charity’s base, Simon from the charity warned me: “This is a different side to Cardiff.”

To protect these women, I can’t tell you the names of the people I met or where I went. So all the names in here are false.

Let’s start with Sarah. She’s a funny, charming woman who is pretty proud to show off her new boots to us. I can tell you she takes three sugars in her coffee, she loves her boyfriend, and she’s got a hacking cough. She’s also been a street worker for three years.

She wasn’t due to be out this night. In fact she’d told one of the staff she didn’t “need” to be about again until Christmas Eve. But here she is stood alone on an almost deserted street in the shadows of an iconic landmark. On this night she is hoping to make £70.

I first meet her at around 9pm and then again at 10.30pm. As we say goodbye, she tells us she’s still got £40 of that target to get. What happened to make her change her mind and head out, we don’t know.


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Re: Cardiff RLD

Postby admin » 21 Apr 2017, 20:24

A South Wales Police scheme to help prostitutes off the streets without sending them through the criminal justice system has been hailed as a success. Operation Gray Neptune saw the police focus on sex workers in Grangetown, Cardiff Bay and Splott - areas where they had received complaints from residents.

Launched in January the scheme, which has come to an end, saw 13 women offered additional support to make sure they were accessing the services that could help them get off the street. The scheme tried to break the cycle of prostitution, which often has its origins in abuse, family breakdown and chemical dependency, by offering access to drug intervention, health and housing services.

On six nights during the eight week period, officers walked the streets trying to support the women they find back onto the straight and narrow.

The officers also enforced the law - dealing with three individuals who tried to solicit sex. Between April 2016 and March 2017, police received 131 complaints about prostitution from people living in Pentre Gardens, East Tyndall Street and Ocean Way.

Nici Evans, Partnership Development Manager for Cardiff Partnership Board, has said the scheme is designed to help women overcome the difficulties that may have seen them start work as a prostitute.

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