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400 kerb crawlers snared in police crackdown

Published in The Bournemouth Echo
1st October 2014


Dorset
MORE than 400 kerb crawlers have been identified in a police crackdown in Boscombe.  Operation Planet aims to educate offenders about the consequences of their actions and to help vulnerable women involved in street prostitution.  Many of the men identified have been placed on the “change course” as part of the operation, which has seen a dramatic increase in the number of offenders identified.

Inspector Chris Weeks told a recent meeting of Pokesdown Community Forum that only 20-30 offenders were identified annually a few years ago and that the operation is proving to be a success.  He told the meeting: “Dorset Police look at the vulnerable female – the prostitute on the street corner – as the victim. They are at the most desperate state they could be in and they need support and care to leave prostitution.”

He added: “If the prostitute is the victim, the kerb crawler is the offender, and they are given the help they need too to see the effect what they do has on the community, the women involved and the offender themselves.”

Insp Weeks, who has worked in Boscombe for three-and-a-half years, said his aim is to get women who are forced into street prostitution to safety

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Woman accused of trafficking tells court she kept adult services advert as a reminder of her old life

Published by Wales Online
1st October 2014


Wales
A woman accused of trafficking two individuals into the UK from Nigeria and inciting them to work as prostitutes has vigorously denied the allegations against her. Lizzy Idahosa, 24, is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court and faces seven charges of trafficking women into and around the UK, inciting them to work as prostitutes and transferring criminal property.

Detective sergeant Helen Hughes from South Wales Police told the court she interviewed Idahosa at Cardiff Bay Police Station on April 14 this year. According to a transcript of the interview read out in court, when asked if she understood the allegation, Idahosa replied: “You guys say I have trafficked girls to the country, but I am not guilty.”

The defendant told police she had been working in a brothel when she met the two women in 2011. She added: “I don’t understand why they have to put the allegation around me. I think their trafficker threatened them and that is why they made the allegation. We were all trafficked by the same person and he threatened me too.”

Prosecutors allege Idahosa trafficked the women into the UK and told them they each owed her £50,000 for their travel, which they must pay by working as prostitutes. They claim she then made arrangements for them to work in brothels all over the country, including Cardiff and Swansea.

In response to the allegation, she said: “I don’t know what they are talking about, honestly.”

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Carlisle prostitute stole from elderly man after sex

Published in The Express & Star
1st October 2014


Cumbria
A young woman sobbed as she told a judge she turned to prostitution to fund her addiction to crack cocaine. Angel Paris Jordan, 27, made the admission after pleading guilty to stealing £300 from an elderly man she picked up in Carlisle.

Appearing before District Judge Gerald Chalk at the city’s magistrates’ court, Jordan, of Myddleton Street, also admitted three charges of soliciting and one of threatening to damage the seats of a taxi.

Prosecutor Peter Kelly told the court how the victim of the theft, who cannot be named for legal reasons, met the pensioner while drinking in Carlisle on Saturday, June 28. “He had some conversation with the defendant and she effectively propositioned him. She said to him: ‘Are you looking for business?’ He accepted that proposition – to go back to his property to engage in sexual intercourse.”

After paying her, Jordan performed a sex act on him but then asked for a drink of water, said Mr Kelly. It was while the pensioner getting a glass of water that she helped herself to around £300 in cash that was lying around in the room.

Jordan initially denied stealing the cash but she admitted going to the man’s house as claimed. Just minutes before her trial was due to get underway yesterday, she entered a guilty plea to the theft.

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