Sex Work – West Street
Sex work on West Street has remained a priority for the Town Ward Team since 2019 due to concerns from local residents.
29 of women working in the West Street area were victim to at least one robbery, sexual or VATP offence in 2019; 100% misuse substances and many are homeless. With the support of Police, Blue Door have obtained funding to launch a Re:Set programme of support for women involved in sex work. The Police refer all women into the service so that they can access support agencies and be supported to change their way of life.
The Police are also committed to protecting the community, local school, children’s centre and businesses. We recognise the impact sex work has on the community and will not tolerate daytime sex working. Sex workers found working in daylight hours are being dealt with by Police by way of Community Protection Warnings and referrals into the local support service for sex working women, Re:Set.
In addition to this, the Town Team are also tackling kerb crawlers who exploit the women involved. In July, a further seven kerb crawlers were processed for exploiting the females involved in on-street sex work. The majority of these offenders have been banned from entering the exclusion zone including West Street, parts of Frodingham Road, Wells Street, Berkeley Street and Allanby Street. Persons are also not permitted to associate or communicate, indirectly or directly with any sex worker.