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Calls for more police or wardens at night to deter prostitutes

Published in The Evening Telegraph
17th February 2017


Scotland
Residents of a busy Dundee road have called for more security in a bid to crackdown on prostitutes. It comes after a public meeting where the street was described as a “red light zone”.

When reporter Steven Rae went to investigate, he was offered the services of one woman within 30 seconds.

The Tele spoke to residents in Arbroath Road to get their views on curb crawling and asked how they thought it should be dealt with.

Retired council worker Elizabeth Tulloch, 88 said: “I think it’s terrible. I know a gentleman down the road who has phoned the police about it before. It’s a sad world we live in. I think some police patrolling would be a good enough solution.”

Margaret Anderson 60, an admin officer, said: “I watched a woman crawling along the road one night, she was so out of it. I hope something can be done about it. My niece plays in the garden — especially in the summer nights — and she’s seen women in all sorts of clothing.”

Pam Kalsa, 56, a support worker, said: “I’m not happy about what’s going on. I’ve not actually seen much because I’m not out at that time of night, but I do worry about children and what they might see. I think there should be some wardens put in place or even police.”

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‘I was offered sex within 30 seconds for £40 – I felt so sorry for this vulnerable woman’

Published in The Evening Telegraph
17th February 2017


Scotland
A special investigation by the Tele has uncovered what life is like for women who spend their nights selling sex on the city’s Arbroath Road. It followed a public meeting on Monday when residents told police and other authorities that the areas around their homes had become a “red light zone”.

The Tele had spent only 30 seconds speaking to a young woman who was lingering beside a bus stop near Montgomerie Avenue before she had offered to have sex with our reporter Steven Rae — who was posing as a member of the public at the time — for £40.

The woman, who said her name was Steph, spoke openly about her experiences working in prostitution, both before and after our reporter revealed his true identity.

Here is Steven’s account of the meeting.

As I approached Steph, it was easy to see she was a “stereotypical” prostitute. Painfully thin, I knew she was a drug addict before she told me. Within minutes of speaking to her, I felt profoundly sorry for this vulnerable young woman.

She was standing in the freezing cold, on Valentine’s Day, waiting for someone to give her enough money for a fix to feed her Valium habit, so that she could go home.

As she opened up to me about her situation I could tell she had a troubled back-story. Her eyes welled up as she told me about her “wee boy” in Ayrshire she doesn’t have custody of. She had dreamed of a career in nursing, but drug addiction had clearly derailed her hopes of a normal life.

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Dundee prostitute tells Tele: ‘Of course I want out of this, it affects you and it changes you forever’

Published in The Evening Telegraph
17th February 2017


Scotland
“Of course I want out of this, of course I do. It affects you and it changes you forever.” These are the words of a woman gripped by drug addiction and selling her body on the streets of Dundee.

A special investigation by the Tele has uncovered what life is like for women who spend their nights selling sex on the city’s Arbroath Road. It followed a public meeting on Monday when residents told police and other authorities that the areas around their homes had become a “red light zone”.

The Tele had spent only 30 seconds speaking to a young woman who was lingering beside a bus stop near Montgomerie Avenue before she had offered to have sex with our reporter — who was posing as a member of the public at the time — for £40.

The woman, who said her name was Steph, spoke openly about her experiences working in prostitution, both before and after our reporter revealed his true identity. She revealed she had been engaging in prostitution for only “a few months” and that she charged £40 for sex or other sex acts. However, she also had to pander to “weirder” requests from members of the public.

Steph said that drug addiction had led to her current situation. She told the Tele: “I do this for money for drugs. I’ve been on smack (heroin) in the past, but it’s vallies (Valium) I’m wanting to buy tonight. It’s £40 for it all. I just want to make that tonight and go — I’ll not be hanging about. If you’ve got a car, we can go there. If not, I dunno — Baxter Park or somewhere quiet. I’m just new to this. My friends (other prostitutes) told me to come up here to do it.”

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