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Preston's "pop-up" brothel shame

Published in The Leyland Guardian
11th January 2017


Lancashire
MORE women are being driven into sex work in Preston by financial constraints brought about by benefits changes, a charity has revealed. 

The Foxton Centre, which supports vulnerable women working on Preston’s streets, has seen a marked increase in numbers compared to two years ago.  It has also raised concerns women are being exploited in a new trend of “pop up” brothels – rented premises that house sex workers for a couple of weeks before moving on to another city.

In a recent meeting with police and other organisations, agencies raised concerns there were at least 13 suspected brothels in the city – and the Evening Post has found nearly 400 individual women listing themselves as available in the area for sexual services.  Around 50 street workers have been supported by Foxton across this year, compared to around 30 in previous years.

Although the centre deals primarily with women working in Preston’s red light area, Jeff Marsh, chief executive of the Foxton Centre, has voiced fears about the associated underworld linked to off street sex work, such as human trafficking and violence and sexual offences against the women.

He said: “We recently did some research and found there are 13 suspected brothels in the area. There is evidence of pop up brothels locally too, and some websites may advertise a certain woman will be in Preston for two weeks – we do not know if that woman is a victim of exploitation.

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Man stopped by police after being seen kerb crawling in Pill, Newport

Published in The South Wales Argus
10th January 2017


Wales
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
 
 
 
 
 

Aberdeen man tells of moment he found body and tried to revive call girl

Published in The Press & Journal
10th January 2017


Aberdeen
A north-east landlord has described the moment he battled in vain to save a call girl who was allegedly murdered in a city flat. Michael Murray discovered Jessica McGraa lying face down, half-naked and “still” in the Union Terrace apartment he had leased out to her last year. He said that blood had “bubbled from the nose” of the mother-of-one as he desperately performed CPR on her.

Mr Murray, who owns 16B Union Terrace, was giving evidence at the High Court in Aberdeen yesterday during the fourth day of the trial against Bala Chinda.

He is accused of raping and murdering the 37-year-old on February 11 last year. It is alleged he inflicted blunt force trauma to her head and asphyxiated her before stealing a key and two mobile phones from the sex worker. He is further accused of disposing his own handset in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice.

The 26-year-old denies all the allegations against him.

During evidence Mr Murray said he originally thought the escort was still alive when he found her on the king-sized bed on Friday, February 12. After trying to wake her up, he said he called 999 – with a call handler instructing him how to perform CPR down the phone before an ambulance arrived.

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