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Luton man Ali Hafeez gets seven year jail sentence for raping prostitute

Published by Luton Today
12th March 2014


Bedfordshire
A man has today been jailed for seven years after a “horrific and violent sexual attack” on a prostitute in Luton. Ali Hafeez, 19, of Flint Close, Luton, was found guilty of two counts of rape and one count of robbery following the incident on 8 June 2013.

On the evening of the attack, the victim was picked up by Hafeez and taken to an industrial estate car park where he raped her twice, before robbing her of her mobile phone and money. The victim was able to identify Hafeez’s registration number, which later led to his arrest, and he was found guilty on 27 October 2014.

DC Wayne Bird, the investigating officer for the case, said: “This was a horrific and violent sexual attack by a dangerous man and we hope this sentence acts as a deterrent to other young men who think that rape is acceptable. Thanks to the bravery of the woman in coming forward, and the hard work of both our officers and the CPS, Hafeez will not be able to inflict any further crimes on innocent victims. At Bedfordshire Police we are committed to protecting people and fighting crime together, and we will continue to take the issue of rape very seriously, investigating all allegations thoroughly and ensuring that justice is done.”

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “This case involved a violent and sustained sexual attack on a woman, by a law student, in Luton in June last year. On 8 June 2013, the victim, who was working as a prostitute in Luton, was picked up by Ali Hafeez, who was driving his father’s car. He took her to an industrial estate car park, threatened her, overpowered her, and then forcefully raped her. He stole cash from her and her mobile phone, so she couldn’t call the police, and then used the phone to make a hoax call to the police. After being released from her ordeal, the victim called the police from a phone box and told them the registration of the vehicle, which led to Hafeez’s arrest.

“Despite pleading not guilty and trying to implicate his own father, Ali Hafeez was found guilty on 27 October 2014, of two counts of rape and one count of robbery following a week-long trial at St Albans Crown Court. Hafeez is undoubtedly an extremely ruthless, violent and dangerous man.

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'Prostitution should be legalised' - Campaign group calls for a change in the law as police launch crackdown in Hillfields

Published in The Coventry Telegraph
10th March 2015

West Midlands
As police in Coventry continue their seemingly never-ending battle with sex workers and their clients in the city’s red light district campaign groups are calling for a radical change in tactics. They believe that crackdowns like Operation Scarlet - the name for police efforts to tackle prostitution in Hillfields - actually make things worse and drive sex workers underground.

In New Zealand it’s been nearly 12 years since prostitution was decriminalised. The impact of the new law isn’t fully known yet - but in the UK some groups think it’s the best way to improve things for sex workers.

Cari Mitchell, a spokesman for the English Collective of Prostitutes, explains. “In New Zealand the law that has been put in place is on the basis of health and safety,” Cari said. “The laws offer regulation and cover in the same way you would with pubs and clubs. If you think about it it’s not rocket science - it’s only sex. And consensual sex too, between adults.

“When prostitution is forced it’s rape and the police have to treat it as rape. The problem is when women are attacked they are too scared to come forward. If they are immigrants they fear they will be deported and if they are from the UK they fear being criminalised.

“I‘ve heard of women working indoors who have complained to the police about an attack and the next thing you know their property is being raided. It’s unbelievable. It’s outrageous that police are cracking down on sex workers and clients because it’s widely accepted that police crackdowns drive sex workers underground and into more dangerous situations.

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Two arrested on suspicion of running a brothel in Swansea

Published in The South Wales Evening Post
10th March 2015


Wales
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the running of a brothel in Swansea.

The arrest of the 21-year-old woman and 22-year-old man comes after South Wales Police officers executed a warrant at an address on St Helens Avenue earlier today, following reports of suspicious activity.

Both are now in custody at Swansea Central Police Station while an investigation continues.

Detective Sergeant David Butt of Swansea CID said: "We acted on information and concerns from local residents and these two arrests and disruption of what has been going on there will hopefully have a positive impact on the local community.

"I would urge anyone who has any information or suspicions about such activities to come forward so positive action can be taken."