New crackdown on sex workers as police aim to end prostitution on Bolton's streets

The Bolton News: New crackdown on street sex workers New crackdown on street sex workers

A CRACKDOWN on prostitution has been relaunched to rid Bolton’s streets of sex workers and kerb crawlers.

Police started Operation Zero seven years ago, a camoaign that is credited with significantly reducing the number of prostitutes on Bolton’s streets.

The operation was launched when the problem reached a peak in the wake of the murder of Carly Bateman, a prostitute, who was aged just 17 when she was strangled, stripped naked and hidden beneath undergrowth in a back alley off Crawford Avenue, The Haulgh, on November 11, 2001.

Geoffrey Porter was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for her murder.

Now police have relaunched Operation Zero - starting last year - to tackle the ongoing problem.

Sgt Ray Jackson, from Bolton Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The aims are still to protect communities by reducing the nuisance and annoyance caused as a result of on street prostitution and kerb crawling activity, to tackle demand by deterring and disrupting persons seeking sexual services and to target action against sex workers who persistently solicit and refuse to engage with support services.”

He said the problem has moved away from the town centre to industrial areas outside the town centre in Great Lever.

Police have been regularly patrolling the hotspots to deter sex workers and kerb crawlers.

Sex workers are issued with street warnings before being arrested — the warnings last three months.

Nineteen people have been given warnings in the past six months. Those looking for sexual services are arrested on their first offence.

A suspected kerb crawler was arrested earlier this month for looking for sex.

He received a caution and will attend a course held by Urban Outreach, which raises awareness of the impact the crime has on the wider community.

Two other men have also recently been arrested on suspicion of kerb crawling. They are likely to be cautioned.

Sgt Jackson said many people come from out of the area to commit crimes.

He said: “Not surprisingly, many of these people come from outside Bolton and police are mindful of making sure that Bolton is not seen as the place to go to for prostitution. The crackdown will continue.

“Anyone going to the red light area for prostitution can expect a robust response from the police and be assured that they will be prosecuted where the evidence justifies it.

“They will get stopped and asked to account for their presence in the red light area. Anyone charged with kerb crawling/seeking the services of a prostitute can expect that their details will appear in the local media when the case is heard at court with all the potential embarrassment to themselves and their family that this would entail.”

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8:09am Wed 21 May 14

Reed Lover says...

If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.
If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business. Reed Lover
  • Score: 17

8:15am Wed 21 May 14

Lee3695 says...

Going off some of the comments on this website that have appeared in the past, there would also seem to be a problem with Brothels in the Bolton area. Nothing in this article seems to indicate these will also be targeted as part of 'Operation Zero'. I suspect the issue wont be eradicated, simply moved on to other areas of the town as the article implies, sex workers and kerb crawlers moved out of the town centre and into industrial areas following the last Police crackdown. Maybe an alternative method of dealing with this issue would be to create a designated 'red-light area, where these peoples activities can be focussed, away from the rerst of society and where support services, monitoring, etc. can be targetted rather than simply moving the problem from one area ro another.
Going off some of the comments on this website that have appeared in the past, there would also seem to be a problem with Brothels in the Bolton area. Nothing in this article seems to indicate these will also be targeted as part of 'Operation Zero'. I suspect the issue wont be eradicated, simply moved on to other areas of the town as the article implies, sex workers and kerb crawlers moved out of the town centre and into industrial areas following the last Police crackdown. Maybe an alternative method of dealing with this issue would be to create a designated 'red-light area, where these peoples activities can be focussed, away from the rerst of society and where support services, monitoring, etc. can be targetted rather than simply moving the problem from one area ro another. Lee3695
  • Score: 17

9:01am Wed 21 May 14

oftbewildered2 says...

time it was legalised with properly licenced brothels - this would offer protection for the workers and punters alike. The properties and the business would be inspected regularly etc. etc. etc.
time it was legalised with properly licenced brothels - this would offer protection for the workers and punters alike. The properties and the business would be inspected regularly etc. etc. etc. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 21

9:59am Wed 21 May 14

marco999 says...

A majority of sex workers are addicted to hard drugs and that is why they do it. Making it difficult for them to 'ply their trade' will just move the problem elsewhere. The answer is to follow the Dutch idea and make it legal, taxable and policed.
A majority of sex workers are addicted to hard drugs and that is why they do it. Making it difficult for them to 'ply their trade' will just move the problem elsewhere. The answer is to follow the Dutch idea and make it legal, taxable and policed. marco999
  • Score: 17

1:08pm Wed 21 May 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

If I am a crack addict prostitute with no qualifications not going to be overly concerned with a criminal record. Surely the police have better things to worry about. Maybe try and catch and embarrass some burglars or pick pockets. Most of these punters are harmless losers. Easy pickings for the police for crime stats rather than actually do some detective work on real criminals.
If I am a crack addict prostitute with no qualifications not going to be overly concerned with a criminal record. Surely the police have better things to worry about. Maybe try and catch and embarrass some burglars or pick pockets. Most of these punters are harmless losers. Easy pickings for the police for crime stats rather than actually do some detective work on real criminals. Bolton Lad 85
  • Score: 5

2:02pm Wed 21 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

Reed Lover wrote:
If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.
I take it that you never took kids your wife or girlfriend to Hollywood bowl on Shiffnall street then?
It is probably why the place shut down, nobody in their right mind would take their kids/wife/girlfriend to a place that was bang in the middle of whore central.
[quote][p][bold]Reed Lover[/bold] wrote: If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.[/p][/quote]I take it that you never took kids your wife or girlfriend to Hollywood bowl on Shiffnall street then? It is probably why the place shut down, nobody in their right mind would take their kids/wife/girlfriend to a place that was bang in the middle of whore central. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 7

7:03pm Wed 21 May 14

Reed Lover says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Reed Lover wrote:
If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.
I take it that you never took kids your wife or girlfriend to Hollywood bowl on Shiffnall street then?
It is probably why the place shut down, nobody in their right mind would take their kids/wife/girlfriend to a place that was bang in the middle of whore central.
That area was known for prostitution long before The Hollywood Bowl opened up there.
These girls would not be hanging around on streets like that if prostitution was decriminalised operated under licence.

My point is that no-one should be able to tell you what you can do with your own body by your own free choice. There can be no argument about this otherwise all we are are slaves.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reed Lover[/bold] wrote: If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.[/p][/quote]I take it that you never took kids your wife or girlfriend to Hollywood bowl on Shiffnall street then? It is probably why the place shut down, nobody in their right mind would take their kids/wife/girlfriend to a place that was bang in the middle of whore central.[/p][/quote]That area was known for prostitution long before The Hollywood Bowl opened up there. These girls would not be hanging around on streets like that if prostitution was decriminalised operated under licence. My point is that no-one should be able to tell you what you can do with your own body by your own free choice. There can be no argument about this otherwise all we are are slaves. Reed Lover
  • Score: 6

7:28pm Wed 21 May 14

trish1975 says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Reed Lover wrote:
If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.
I take it that you never took kids your wife or girlfriend to Hollywood bowl on Shiffnall street then?
It is probably why the place shut down, nobody in their right mind would take their kids/wife/girlfriend to a place that was bang in the middle of whore central.
this is another reason why there should be legalised brothels, that way it could not be anywhere were children may be.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reed Lover[/bold] wrote: If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.[/p][/quote]I take it that you never took kids your wife or girlfriend to Hollywood bowl on Shiffnall street then? It is probably why the place shut down, nobody in their right mind would take their kids/wife/girlfriend to a place that was bang in the middle of whore central.[/p][/quote]this is another reason why there should be legalised brothels, that way it could not be anywhere were children may be. trish1975
  • Score: 6

9:00am Thu 22 May 14

Jim271 says...

A lot of these street workers have been forced onto the streets by various grooming gangs who prey on teenagers and are only just being held to account.

These punters should be charged and their pictures printed in the papers to humiliate them and the premises and takeaways where these gangs operate from should be publically identified so they can be boycotted.
A lot of these street workers have been forced onto the streets by various grooming gangs who prey on teenagers and are only just being held to account. These punters should be charged and their pictures printed in the papers to humiliate them and the premises and takeaways where these gangs operate from should be publically identified so they can be boycotted. Jim271
  • Score: -3

12:22pm Thu 22 May 14

SleepingThunder says...

Every body is there own person, but some people need protecting from there selves before the spiral of misery gets out of control.
Every body is there own person, but some people need protecting from there selves before the spiral of misery gets out of control. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 2

12:38pm Thu 22 May 14

mick-t says...

Check out that ars3 I'd throw her £20 for a go on that!
Check out that ars3 I'd throw her £20 for a go on that! mick-t
  • Score: 5

1:03am Fri 23 May 14

boltonnut says...

mick-t wrote:
Check out that ars3 I'd throw her £20 for a go on that!
Start saving up then.
[quote][p][bold]mick-t[/bold] wrote: Check out that ars3 I'd throw her £20 for a go on that![/p][/quote]Start saving up then. boltonnut
  • Score: 0

1:57am Fri 23 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

The street whores are filthy smelly and diseased, nothing more, nothing less.
Those that bang on about legalisation are living on another planet, they are called escort agencies and provide an escort that may of her own free will spread like flora.
Street whores will never be escorts as they are junkies.
The street whores are filthy smelly and diseased, nothing more, nothing less. Those that bang on about legalisation are living on another planet, they are called escort agencies and provide an escort that may of her own free will spread like flora. Street whores will never be escorts as they are junkies. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 1

1:59am Fri 23 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

Reed Lover wrote:
If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.
Are you a curb crawler ?
[quote][p][bold]Reed Lover[/bold] wrote: If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.[/p][/quote]Are you a curb crawler ? mr.mark.c
  • Score: 0

2:01am Fri 23 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

Reed Lover wrote:
mr.mark.c wrote:
Reed Lover wrote:
If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.
I take it that you never took kids your wife or girlfriend to Hollywood bowl on Shiffnall street then?
It is probably why the place shut down, nobody in their right mind would take their kids/wife/girlfriend to a place that was bang in the middle of whore central.
That area was known for prostitution long before The Hollywood Bowl opened up there.
These girls would not be hanging around on streets like that if prostitution was decriminalised operated under licence.

My point is that no-one should be able to tell you what you can do with your own body by your own free choice. There can be no argument about this otherwise all we are are slaves.
I never knew that, did you frequent the road ?
[quote][p][bold]Reed Lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reed Lover[/bold] wrote: If you don't "own" your body what do you have? It is ludicrous that prostitution is illegal. Only where there is coercion involved should it be anybody else's business.[/p][/quote]I take it that you never took kids your wife or girlfriend to Hollywood bowl on Shiffnall street then? It is probably why the place shut down, nobody in their right mind would take their kids/wife/girlfriend to a place that was bang in the middle of whore central.[/p][/quote]That area was known for prostitution long before The Hollywood Bowl opened up there. These girls would not be hanging around on streets like that if prostitution was decriminalised operated under licence. My point is that no-one should be able to tell you what you can do with your own body by your own free choice. There can be no argument about this otherwise all we are are slaves.[/p][/quote]I never knew that, did you frequent the road ? mr.mark.c
  • Score: 0

2:04am Fri 23 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

Btw, isnt charging the punter first time and not the whore racist ?
Btw, isnt charging the punter first time and not the whore racist ? mr.mark.c
  • Score: 0

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