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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby admin » 02 Aug 2015, 16:16

SEX workers fear they could be raped and murdered if they are forced to operate in an allocated 'sex zone' in Newport.

Gwent Police said they were considering a managed area for prostitutes in the city.

The force argued this would give better access for agencies working on helping people find a different path in life.

But one sex worker has told a Welsh website she believes such a plan could put people at risk.

She is reported as saying: "They tend to put these areas in out-of-the-way places in the back of commercial and industrial sites where there are rough roads and the lighting is poor."

She said that if the location picked was a bad one, "instances of attack, rape, maiming and death could increase."

Many women were in the "profession" to ensure they could feed their children, she added.

Another sex worker interviewed said, however, she believed the plan was a good idea.

But it will not happen according to Newport Council leader Bob Bright has been reported as saying: "We are totally against it. I don't think there was ever any real serious proposal."


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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby admin » 04 Aug 2015, 12:32

Preacher wrote:I think I'm missing something here.

Apart from instances where the Police turn their famous "blind eye" to prostitution, apart from Aberdeen I can't think of anywhere in UK where there has been a formally-designated zone of toleration. That experiment - which by all accounts was very successful - had to be abandoned because it was trumped by the criminal provisions of SOA 2003.



I was thinking along the same lines but found this:

Councillor Andrew Mallinson, the Conservative's spokesman for neighbourhoods and community safety, spoke out after Leeds revealed a groundbreaking pilot project to allow prostitutes to operate in parts of their city was likely to be extended after it was hailed a success.

The managed area in Holbeck, which was quietly introduced in October last year, allows women to work on certain streets between 7pm and 7am as long as they adhere to set rules.

According to those behind the scheme, the project has seen complaints from residents fall by one third and crimes against prostitutes are now ten times more likely to be reported.


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Re: 'managed' prostitution zone in area of Newport

Postby admin » 04 Aug 2015, 12:58

A police and crime commissioner (PCC) has slammed the door on a plan to allow a tolerance zone for prostitution after admitting round-the-table discussions between councillors and police officers went too far.

PCC Ian Johnston blasted a PR “disaster” that forced Gwent Police to abandon all talk of introducing a designated area for prostitution in a district of Newport.

His tough stance, following a top-level meeting with the county’s Chief Constable Jeff Farrar on his first day back after annual leave, led to the project’s cancellation as a row also threatened to put a strain on relations between the local authority and the force.

The PCC told Police Professional today: “Basically a press release went out that justified a decision that hadn’t been taken.”

Mr Johnston, who had to speak to the force’s corporate communications team about how they dealt with the whole episode, said: “This began with a low-level meeting between some ward councillors, a bobby and a sergeant and it all got out of hand.”

The mixed messages which resulted in the premature proposal to look at a prostitution zone in the area of Pill began in April after a meeting between council members and police officers raised fears that girls as young as 12 were working as prostitutes in Newport.

The upshot was a press statement last month confirming a possible pilot initiative born out of similar proposal by West Yorkshire Police in Leeds.

Then the Welsh PCC was forced to step in and counter claims that Newport City Council leader Bob Bright had not been consulted on the subject. “I have made no secret of my frustration at the manner in which such an important issue – to consider designating Pill as an area for prostitution – was handled by Gwent Police,” added Councillor Bright.

But before the local authority leader could call a meeting with the PCC to express his concerns, Mr Johnston and the Gwent chef constable settled the argument once and for all.

Mr Johnston added: “We met today and it was agreed that such an area for a prostitution zone will not take place in Newport, or anywhere else in Gwent for that matter.”

Read more ... A police and crime commissioner (PCC) has slammed the door on a plan to allow a tolerance zone for prostitution after admitting round-the-table discussions between councillors and police officers went too far.

PCC Ian Johnston blasted a PR “disaster” that forced Gwent Police to abandon all talk of introducing a designated area for prostitution in a district of Newport.

His tough stance, following a top-level meeting with the county’s Chief Constable Jeff Farrar on his first day back after annual leave, led to the project’s cancellation as a row also threatened to put a strain on relations between the local authority and the force.

The PCC told Police Professional today: “Basically a press release went out that justified a decision that hadn’t been taken.”

Mr Johnston, who had to speak to the force’s corporate communications team about how they dealt with the whole episode, said: “This began with a low-level meeting between some ward councillors, a bobby and a sergeant and it all got out of hand.”

The mixed messages which resulted in the premature proposal to look at a prostitution zone in the area of Pill began in April after a meeting between council members and police officers raised fears that girls as young as 12 were working as prostitutes in Newport.

The upshot was a press statement last month confirming a possible pilot initiative born out of similar proposal by West Yorkshire Police in Leeds.

Then the Welsh PCC was forced to step in and counter claims that Newport City Council leader Bob Bright had not been consulted on the subject. “I have made no secret of my frustration at the manner in which such an important issue – to consider designating Pill as an area for prostitution – was handled by Gwent Police,” added Councillor Bright.

But before the local authority leader could call a meeting with the PCC to express his concerns, Mr Johnston and the Gwent chef constable settled the argument once and for all.

Mr Johnston added: “We met today and it was agreed that such an area for a prostitution zone will not take place in Newport, or anywhere else in Gwent for that matter.”

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Newport RLD

Postby admin » 06 Dec 2016, 22:20

A part of a city centre has been described by locals as an "unofficial red light district" with sex being sold at all times of the day. Residents and business owners claim sex workers - many of whom appear to be young girls - can be seen on street corners from as early as 6am.

Commercial Road in Newport's Pill is said to be one of the worst areas, with one local business owner describing it as a "no-go" area.

Ann Barton, 71, owner of AB florist on Commercial Road, said: "The situation is very bad at the moment. "It's not just the sex workers either - the whole street has become a no-go area. It's truly heartbreaking. This used to be a lovely little community in Newport. Everybody used to get along and there was never any of the bad feeling you get here now. It's worse at nighttime, but it's bad in the day too.

"Children walk up and down this street, as well as old age pensioners - I can imagine it being quite intimidating for them. I sometimes come to the shop at night to pick up some things before work the next day and they are on the street corners. When I come back at 6am the next morning they are still there. They must be there all night."

Mrs Barton, who has owned a shop in the area for 35 years, added: "There have always been prostitutes in Pill, but they were always very discreet and never involved themselves or showed themselves too much. But now it's getting worse and worse, more so in the last 10 years. They need to be taken off the street."

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Re: Newport RLD

Postby admin » 08 Dec 2016, 20:20

GWENT Police have defended their handling of the reported prostitution problem in Pill, saying they are working with the community to resolve the problem.

Concerns have been raised this week by residents, groups and councillors regarding a reported increase in open solicitation in the area “at all times of day”. As reported in yesterday’s Argus, the Pill Bank Lane neighbourhood watch group are planning to hold a hustings to quiz councillors and Gwent Police on the effectiveness of their monitoring operations. But the force are keen to demonstrate their “proactive” work within Pill, highlighting the support work they have carried out in the community in recent weeks.

Superintendent Glyn Fernquest said:”I think it is important to recognise that we are concentrating our efforts on working with local people in Pill to tackle the issues and concerns they raise. We are seeking to understand the specific issues of prostitution and recognise that the issue is highly emotive and often polarises public opinion.”

Several police operations have been launched in recent weeks to support those involved in prostitution in a bid to change their lifestyles and divert them away from sex work. These schemes have been conducted alongside the Women’s Pathfinder Scheme and South West Wales Regional Equality Council.

During the operations agency staff accompanied officers on patrol, talking to sex workers, and offering health checks, education and safeguarding advice.

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Re: Newport RLD

Postby admin » 12 Dec 2016, 21:48

Walking into Pill - the historic district of Newport which has become notorious in recent years - Christmas decorations flutter in the wind over the welcoming lights of The Picton pub. Andrew Small’s enormous digital-industrial sculpture, called Six Pillars of Wisdom, lends sophistication as you take in the evening air. It could be any 21st century city street. Except this is Commercial Road.

The problem of prostitution has made it one of the most notorious thoroughfares in Britain. Its most notorious area of Commercial Road is known as “The Front Line”. It hit the headlines last year and again this week, with claims women were selling themselves from 6am. Some are said to be as young as 12.

But it doesn't stop there. There are stories of women waiting for men to leave the local mosque and jumping into their cars at the same time to try and get their 'business'. One even urinated on the floor inside the mosque.

Residents say they have called the police having seen prostitutes being beaten by their pimps.

Women who are not 'on the game' are subjected to lewd gestures by passing men who think they are. And there are tales of nearby housing used by women to take their clients.

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Re: Newport RLD

Postby admin » 15 Dec 2016, 20:57

Police say they are working to make an area of a city now notorious for its sex trade safer. Women were given health advice and cautions during a police operation in Newport's 'unofficial' red light zone. A total of six women were given health advice and two were given cautions as part of a clampdown on prostitution in the area.

Local people in the city's Pill area have been complaining in recent weeks about sex being sold in there at all times of the day and night. Residents and business owners claim sex workers - many of whom appear to be young girls - can be seen on street corners from as early as 6am.

Commercial Road in Newport's Pill is said to be one of the worst areas, with one local business owner describing it as a "no-go" area.

Ann Barton, 71, owner of AB florist on Commercial Road, said: "The situation is very bad at the moment. It's not just the sex workers either - the whole street has become a no-go area. It's truly heartbreaking."

On Wednesday night, police held an operation focusing on kerb crawling and they say these operations will take place regularly in order to safeguard vulnerable women. During the operation officers gave prevention advice and warnings to kerb crawlers and those soliciting on-street sex work, which included Anti-Social Behaviour Contracts issued in respect of their actions.

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Re: Newport RLD

Postby admin » 10 Jan 2017, 19:41

A MAN was stopped by police on Monday night in Pill, Newport, after being seen kerb crawling.

The 60-year-old was issued with an Acceptable Behaviour Contract.

Also on Monday night, a 34-year old woman was issued with her first street caution for soliciting in the area.

Gwent Police announced last month that they would be carrying out regular crackdowns on kerb crawling in Pill following Argus reports that women were selling sex during the day in Commercial Road

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