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A police scheme has helped prostitutes off the streets of Cardiff

Published by Wales Online
19th April 2017


Cardiff
A South Wales Police scheme to help prostitutes off the streets without sending them through the criminal justice system has been hailed as a success. Operation Gray Neptune saw the police focus on sex workers in Grangetown, Cardiff Bay and Splott - areas where they had received complaints from residents.

Launched in January the scheme, which has come to an end, saw 13 women offered additional support to make sure they were accessing the services that could help them get off the street. The scheme tried to break the cycle of prostitution, which often has its origins in abuse, family breakdown and chemical dependency, by offering access to drug intervention, health and housing services.

On six nights during the eight week period, officers walked the streets trying to support the women they find back onto the straight and narrow.

The officers also enforced the law - dealing with three individuals who tried to solicit sex. Between April 2016 and March 2017, police received 131 complaints about prostitution from people living in Pentre Gardens, East Tyndall Street and Ocean Way.

Nici Evans, Partnership Development Manager for Cardiff Partnership Board, has said the scheme is designed to help women overcome the difficulties that may have seen them start work as a prostitute.

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Man avoids jail for running brothel in North Lane, Canterbury

Published in The Kent Messenger
18th April 2017


Kent
The only suspicion neighbours had was that the nondescript terraced house near Canterbury city centre appeared to have many visitors. Some thought it was used for student accommodation but in reality it was a brothel – with a regular flow of clients aged up to 70.

As the customers of the Beano cafe tucked into their egg and chips, little did they know that sex was being peddled right next door. It was being run by a Chinese man smuggled into the UK who had told his partner he was running a karaoke bar in the city.

His lies were uncovered when police raided the house at 13 North Lane after a complaint from one of the sex workers who were being “savagely exploited”. As officers arrived to search the premises they saw wipes and condoms being thrown out of the windows, Canterbury Crown Court heard.

Teng Gao, who lived there, tried to tell police he thought it was just a massage parlour and had no idea any sex was going on. The Chinese national – who was smuggled into Britain some years ago – later revealed that he had told his partner he was working at a karaoke bar.

But now the 38-year-old, who has since moved to Middlesbrough, admitted assisting in the management of a brothel for seven months on the day he was expected to stand trial. A probation report claimed he was under a lot of financial pressure because of gambling and family debts “and he chose to turn a blind eye” to what was going on.

Judge Rupert Lowe heard that Gao had been “dishonest by telling his partner he was going to Canterbury to run a karaoke business and she was unaware until his arrest”.

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The Bristol prostitute murdered as the Yorkshire Ripper hunted red light districts

Published in The Bristol Post
16th April 2017

Bristol
It was the summer of 1979 and with the Yorkshire Ripper hunting the red light districts, prostitutes across the country were living in fear. Then came the news that Bristol had been dreading.

Workmen had found the mutilated body under a pile of sand on a St Paul’s building site just off Backfield. It turned out to be that of 32-year-old Wendy Jenkins.

It didn’t take long for Bristol police to call in their counterparts from the Northern city - after other victims had been similarly mutilated by the serial killer, later discovered to be Peter Sutcliffe.

Straight away Detective Chief Superintendent Jim Hobson leading the search for the Yorkshire Ripper was clear – he would be speaking to Bristol’s finest about the murder. Within a few days he travelled to Bristol to find out if Wendy’s death was the work of the ripper, who was thought to have claimed as many as 11 victims at the time, and had threatened to strike again. When the Bristol investigation began, little details were known, as police sealed off the area and detectives began hunting for clues.

Wendy, who lived in Eccelstone House in Barton Hill, had sustained head injuries, but it was unclear exactly how long ago that her body had been dumped between the two new warehouses. She was found at around 8.30am on Tuesday, August 28, 1979, by labourer Denis Winterfield, 22, shortly after he had started work at the site – but the sand had been delivered the Friday before.

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