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Picking up a prostitute costs man his relationship - and £500

Published by This is Wiltshire
10th August 2017


Wiltshire
PICKING up a prostitute in County Road cost a man his relationship and a £500 fine. Paul Smyth attempted to claim he was giving a lift to a friend, but eventually admitted to police he should not have done it.

Swindon Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday that two officers on duty in County Road on the evening of July 19 spotted a known sex worker touting for business. A car was watched as it turned into Broad Street and the woman got into the front passenger seat, said prosecutor Nick Barr.

The police followed the car to Kembrey Park where it pulled into a dark and secluded spot. When the police approached the defendant said he had picked up a friend. “The woman was screaming and shouting for money she said she was owed,” Mr Barr told the hearing.

Smyth, aged 54, of no fixed address, admitted a charge of soliciting another person for the purpose of obtaining their sexual services as a prostitute.

Mark Glendenning, defending, said: “Mr Smyth is mortified to find himself in this court.”

Smyth was unable to put forward a reason for his actions and “as a direct result of this matter the relationship he was in has foundered.” He was currently relying on friends for a place to stay.

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Brazilian prostitute (73) guilty of working in Kildare brothel

Published in The Sunday World
8th August 2017


Ireland
At an age when most people are enjoying a quiet retirement, Terezinha Aparecida de Jesus was running – and working in – a brothel in Co. Kildare. This week she walked free from court because she planned to return home as soon as the court case was over.

During the hearing at Naas District Court, Judge Desmond Zaidan asked her barrister if people were paying €80 to have sex with a 73-year old woman.  “It would appear that way,” explained a Garda witness who also said a younger person appeared on the online advert.

The court heard a younger woman had been advertising on a sex-for-sale website, but De Jesus was the only person found working there by Gardaí. She said was running the brothel in a Co. Kildare backstreet to pay for her 40-year-old son’s kidney transplant. She also wanted to return home to her seriously ill 98-year-old mother.

The terraced house in Basin Street, in Naas, was put under surveillance after a complaint had been made by a member of the public.  When Gardaí paid a visit to the house on November 9 last year, De Jesus was seeking €80 for sex and she was the only person on the premises. Another younger woman was involved, but was not there at the time of the offence, according to the garda witness.  Officers found just €80 in cash at the Basin Street property.

Gardaí said De Jesus had arrived in Ireland just days before the raid and only had a single customer. The OAP is believed to be one of the oldest people to come before the courts in connection with the sex trade. But while the vast majority of prostitutes are in their 20s and 30s, there is also a number of women in their later years working in the business.

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Kerb crawlers hit with hefty 1k fines in Birmingham prostitution crackdown

Published in The Birmingham Mail
5th August 2017


West Midlands
Kerb crawlers have been hit with hefty fines totalling more than £1000 each as part of an on-going West Midlands Police crackdown on prostitution in Birmingham. More than a dozen people have admitted or been convicted of kerb crawling in just one road alone in the last three months. Plain clothes and uniformed officers carried out regular operations to snare the offenders in Ladywood’s Monument Road.

Four men admitted the offence and were referred to an education course costing £300 - of which two-thirds of the cash is invested in community projects. Nine more were convicted at court and hit with fines and costs totalling more than £1,000 each. One more suspect is set to stand trial for kerb crawling offences.

Sergeant Steve Lloyd-Warren, from the Ladywood neighbourhood policing team, said: “We fully understand residents do not want this type of behaviour on their doorstep and we are committed to tackling this issue in a hotspot area.

“We carry out regular operations to catch kerb crawlers - the majority of which we have found to be aged in their mid-20s to 30s. We can pursue court action against offenders or refer them to an education course; just two per cent of those who attend the course go on to re-offend.

“Sex workers are risking their own health and safety on the streets and we also work to steer them away from such behaviour. Those found soliciting are referred to a project offering sexual health and educational advice around the risks of being a sex worker. But if they are repeatedly found plying for business on the street they can be taken to court as a last resort.”