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Blackpool brothel stays open after runaway girl, 16, worked there for £400 a night

Published in The International Business Times
19th March 2017


Lancashire
A brothel in Blackpool has been allowed to remain open after a 16-year-old runaway schoolgirl was found working there for £400 ($495) a night. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, ran away from her home in Stockport, Greater Manchester, and was discovered hiding under a blanket during a police raid last month.

She first visited Natalie's Sauna in Cookson Street to hire a sunbed and asked during the visit if she could have a job.

A worker told her the business was a massage parlour and what went on there, but that did not deter the girl, who claimed she was 18 and wore lingerie while she worked.

Police were tipped off the girl might be a missing person and conducted the raid, finding her hiding in an office when police arrived.

Manager Heather Meehan told the hearing how the girl came to work there.

"I told her it was a massage parlour and what we did. She then asked for a job and I took some details," said Meehan. "I am not a manageress I am just a working girl. It was my fault she did a shift and it won't happen again."

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Police launch crackdown on kerb crawlers after concerns raised about prostitution in Birmingham

Published in The Birmingham Mail
18th March 2017


West Midlands
Police have launched a new crackdown on kerb crawlers in Birmingham after concerns were raised by residents. An operation was carried out by the Ladywood neighbourhood team on Tuesday and Wednesday in response to community concerns over prostitution.

Ten men suspected of kerb crawling were stopped by officers and given notices to attend police interviews. The men could face court or be asked to go on an “education” course costing £300.

Sergeant Steve Lloyd-Warren from the Ladywood neighbourhood policing team , said: “We can pursue court action or refer offenders to an education course which costs them £300 – two-thirds of the cash is then ploughed into a fund to improve security in neighbourhoods.

“Just two per cent of those who attend the course are found to have re-offended.

“Women who are found soliciting are referred to a project offering sexual health and educational advice around the risks of being a sex worker. However, if they are caught on the street three times they can be taken to court.

“We will continue to work with partners with a view to make it unattractive and risky for kerb crawlers to use the area. It is not just anti-social behaviour; street workers can expose themselves to health risks and even violence.

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Sex workers used in 'pop-up' brothels by gangs exploiting Cambridge Airbnb boom

Published in The Cambridge News
17th March 2017


Cambridgeshire
Police have warned hoteliers and landlords that their properties can be rented out by organised gangs and people traffickers. Dozens of sex workers are working in Cambridge but police fear many are being used as sex slaves in ‘pop-up’ brothels by organised gangs using Airbnb.

Detectives and front-line officers are using new tactics as part of a move to smash the modern day slave trade of gangs trafficking people from across Europe to work in the city.

Operation Mantis, which was launched to safeguard sex workers and target gangs preying on vulnerable young women, has boasted major successes.

Police have also spoken to hoteliers and landlords in the city to warn them how their properties can be rented out for a few days to open a pop-up brothel.

A report by Cambridgeshire police to the city council said properties are rented for two to three days then the occupants move on.

Inspector Nick Skipworth, who spoke to landlords, is spearheading the operation and has assembled a team to visit sex workers to give them welfare packages, which included information about sexually transmitted diseases.

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