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Community workers: Designated prostitution area would not keep women safe

Published in The Courier
15th February 2017


Scotland
Calls for Dundee to have its own designated red light zone have proven unpopular with councillors and community workers.

Several homeowners living on Dundee’s Arbroath Road have called for sex workers to be stationed within a designated area of the city. Both Market Street and Dock Street have been suggested by fed-up residents, who have grown tired of prostitutes and kerb crawlers congregating yards from their homes. Thirty homeowners met with police, community workers and local councillors at Dundee’s Arthurstone Library to express frustration about the ongoing issue of kerb crawling.

Creating a designated red light zone for sex workers was among one of the suggestions put forward by residents.

Tayside Division’s Police Sergeant Alex Munro said plain-clothed officers will be drafted in to review the area in an attempt to make it “less user friendly”. A CCTV van may also be used to cover surrounding side streets. It’s thought the suggestion of creating a set red light area would be unpopular.

City centre councillor Lynne Short believes sex workers congregate in residential areas to ensure their own safety. While she wants a “zero tolerance” approach to kerb crawling, she does not believe moving prostitutes to other areas of the city will solve the issue.

She said: “My biggest issue with that would be safety. Many women go to the Abroath Road because they know it is safe. We’re looking into getting signs made available warning kerb crawlers and signs from Vice Versa (a service who help sex workers) advising women that it’s not safe. If we attempt to let people know that it’s not somewhere they should be going, then it gets the message across. It will be a ‘prostitution isn’t welcome here’ type of thing. The problem will move again, but that’s why we need to look at the political angle — a zero tolerance approach.”

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Man’s romp with prostitute interrupted by two gardai who entered brothel bedroom catching him in the act

Published in The Irish Sun
15th February 2017


Dublin
A MAN got more than he bargained for when two gardai entered the bedroom as he was having sex with a prostitute at a brothel last May. Brazilian-born Aulicete Walsh, 53, has pleaded guilty to two counts of brothel keeping as a result of the investigation.

At Ennis District Court today, Detective Garda Stephen Hession outlined details of the raid at Bank Square in the Co Clare town on May 19, 2016.

Det Hession said: “When we searched the apartment, we came across three females and one customer who was having sex with one of the girls.” The detective said the women were aged 29, 27 and 21 and were all from Romania. He said they gave statements at the scene alleging they had paid €600 to rent the apartment for the week to Walsh. Det Hession said Walsh had dropped them off at the flat where they would work as prostitutes. The detective said the three had been initially contacted by Walsh who had offered them the apartment to rent.

Minutes before the Garda raid on the apartment, Det Hession said he and a colleague had observed Walsh dropping off two women with suitcases and leading them up to the apartment. Det Hession and a colleague intercepted the accused and arrested her under suspicion of brothel keeping. He said gardai later searched a property connected to her at Dock Road, Limerick.

Walsh, of Breska Beg, Co Limerick, pleaded guilty to brothel keeping in Ennis and Limerick on two separate dates last year.

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Dundee road ‘a red light zone’ as locals hit out at prostitution

Published in The Evening Telegraph
15th February 2017


Scotland
Children and pensioners are being subjected to prostitution on a daily basis in an area of Dundee, it has been claimed.

A public meeting was held between residents, the police and other organisations following a series of concerns about the Arbroath Road area becoming a red light zone. Around 30 people gathered at Arthurstone Community Library on Monday night to discuss the problem.

James McDonnell, a resident of Arbroath Road for 30 years, told the Tele afterwards he had witnessed people engaging in sexual acts close to his home — with children watching on. He said: “There’s a larger visibility of prostitutes and, with all due respect, a low visibility of the powers that be to try to sort this situation out. It’s practically on a nightly basis but more prevalent at the weekends. It’s now a red light zone. Children shouldn’t be exposed to that.”

Terri Lloyd, 46, a primary school teacher who lives on Arbroath Road with husband Andy, said children in the area and even her pensioner mother-in-law had been approached by prostitutes. She added: “I had to explain to my daughter. She kept saying to me, ‘why is that girl always passing our house?’  I held off explaining for as long as I could but eventually I had to say why they were there. I really felt that was out of line.

“Where I live, my living room is right on the corner so we see activity every night, all night. My mother-in-law is 73. She pulled up outside the house once and a girl approached her. She left when she realised it was an elderly woman, but that’s the extent of it.”

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