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The murder that led to Sheil Road becoming Liverpool's red light district

Published in The Liverpool Echo
27th August 2017

The Echo has been investigating the growth of the sex work industry in the Sheil Road area of Kensington - but how did it become a red light district? Sex worker operations in Sheil Road and the nearby Molyneux Road have been growing over the past decade and appear to be at an all time high, with vulnerable women being exploited, trafficked into the area and forced to work in dangerous conditions.

There is a key reason why women now regularly choose to gather in this residential area - having moved away from the city centre following a tragic incident 12 years ago.

Anne Marie Foy was a sex worker, who actually hailed from the Kensington area. But the 46-year-old worked the streets in Crown Street - then Liverpool’s most notorious red light district - before her brutal murder in 2005.

he 46-year-old’s body was found dumped in bushes near the University of Liverpool, close to Crown Street’s junction with West Derby Street. Her body was found with more than 60 separate injuries in a case that shocked the city and the nation.

A pathologist said many of the wounds were fresh - and likely to have come as part of a struggle which saw her punched, kicked and probably throttled with a large tree branch found nearby with her blood on.


Romanian escort raped by sadistic killer in Falkirk is stopped from returning to Scotland

Published in The Daily Record
25th August 2017

A Romanian escort raped by a sadistic killer in Falkirk has been refused entry to the UK after trying to return to Scotland to work in the sex industry.

The details of the woman’s bid to get back to the country where she was subjected to a vile attack emerged as it was revealed that almost 100 suspected trafficking victims have been intercepted by a specialist border force at Glasgow Airport.

The Home Office Border Force team - trained to spot the signs of trafficking - has interviewed more than 300 potential victims at the airport since the start of Operation Outrun in November last year. About a third were refused entry to the UK and returned to their home country after interviews raised concerns they were destined for work in the sex industry.

Of those passengers who were intercepted by safeguarding and trafficking officers, more than 250 were Romanians and less than 50 were male.

One case involved a victim of Steven Mathieson, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years for murdering Romanian Luciana Maurer and abducting and raping two other escorts at his Falkirk home in December 2014.

Border Force officers stopped one of the women he raped from entering the UK again and took steps to ensure she was safe and not returning to the sex industry.


Man charged with controlling prostitutes to challenge claims he has a case to answer

Published in The Paper
28th August 2017

A man charged with controlling prostitutes operating in Belfast is to challenge claims he has a case to answer, a court heard today. Catalin Vasile Manea's lawyer confirmed he wants a hearing to test the evidence of two women he allegedly incited into the sex trade.

The 39-year-old Romanian national, of Lavinia Square in Belfast, is accused of five offences on dates between October 2013 and May 2016. They include two counts each of causing or inciting prostitution, and controlling prostitution for gain. He is further charged with managing a brothel being run out of a flat in the south of the city.

Manea, who denies all of the offences, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court for an anticipated preliminary enquiry to have him returned for trial.

But defence counsel Sean Mullan instead disclosed that, following "lengthy" discussions, the case was not ready to proceed. He told District Judge Fiona Bagnall his client intends to challenge some of the witness evidence.

Mr Mullan named the two alleged victims and the officer in charge of the investigation.

The move means that the strength of the prosecution will be scrutinised before any decision to return for Crown Court trial.