Figures show 210 incidents of 922 in last two years were committed in London

Capital tops list for crimes against sex workers

Capital tops list for crimes against sex workers

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Waltham Forest

Sex workers in London are being raped or violently assaulted on a weekly basis, new figures reveal. 

In the last two years, 922 crimes have been reported against sex workers in the UK and more than one fifth of those have been committed in London, according to statistics released by the Ugly Mugs scheme. 

The scheme launched in July 2012 and initially funded by the Home Office is part of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects (UKNSWP). 

It collects and circulates information on violent and potentially dangerous clients to sex workers on an online database.

The figures obtained by Conservative London Assembly member, Andrew Boff, show up to two sex workers a week are falling victim to crime.

One in four attacks on workers in the UK is reported as rape, and 39 per cent are sexual assaults, compared to 44 per cent of violence against a person.    

Mr Boff is the author of the 'Silence on Violence' report published yesterday. 

He said: "This city is becoming safer for Londoners yet my research suggests that sex workers see it as increasingly dangerous.

"Bad experiences with the police mean most sex workers do not report crimes and this has encouraged criminals to intentionally target them.

"Amazingly in just two years, the Ugly Mugs scheme has tackled this problem head on - it has saved lives and several dangerous criminals have already been convicted and imprisoned."

Police in Waltham Forest launched Operation Dash in Lea Bridge Road last year to tackle the issue of street prostitution, and similarly officers in Redbridge continue stopping vehicles as part of Operation Clearlight in the Ilford Lane area. 

In October 2013, 24 year-old Romanian sex worker Mariana Popa was brutally stabbed to death in Ilford Lane by Farooq Shah, 21, of Forest Gate. 

Just hours before the fatal attack, the pregnant mother-of-one had been issued with a caution by officers for soliciting. 

The Ugly Mugs scheme has now been awarded a further £85,000 funding, £20,000 of which has come from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Metropolitan Police. 

National manager of the scheme, Alex Bryce said: "Sex workers have the right to police protection and this sends the message that, as far as the Met police are concerned, there is no grade of victim and crimes against sex workers will be taken seriously."

The North West region was the second highest with 176 reports, followed by the West Midlands at 164. 

 

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10:20am Wed 13 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

It all starts at the beginning.

Open borders, no police at night or day, drug addicts, drug dealers, riff-raff on the street, lenient sentences, recipe for disaster.
It all starts at the beginning. Open borders, no police at night or day, drug addicts, drug dealers, riff-raff on the street, lenient sentences, recipe for disaster. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -4

4:54pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Thunderbird4 says...

"Sex workers in London are being raped or violently assaulted on a weekly basis, . . "

What is the point of using the word, "basis"? What does it mean?

Why not try: "New figures reveal, sex workers in London are being raped or violently assaulted every week."

Do reporters need to have a degree in English or just need to know someone on the paper, to get the job?
"Sex workers in London are being raped or violently assaulted on a weekly basis, . . " What is the point of using the word, "basis"? What does it mean? Why not try: "New figures reveal, sex workers in London are being raped or violently assaulted every week." Do reporters need to have a degree in English or just need to know someone on the paper, to get the job? Thunderbird4
  • Score: -1

5:48pm Wed 13 Aug 14

fed up man says...

Brothels should be legalised!! I love a good brass!!
Brothels should be legalised!! I love a good brass!! fed up man
  • Score: 2

8:39pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

fed up man wrote:
Brothels should be legalised!! I love a good brass!!
Let's hope your daughter or relation does not end up in one.
[quote][p][bold]fed up man[/bold] wrote: Brothels should be legalised!! I love a good brass!![/p][/quote]Let's hope your daughter or relation does not end up in one. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

3:35pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Look like there's quite a bit of it going on in Station Road, and side roads, north Chingford: A condom on the pavement, with a "lady", sitting close by - I think I'm about to have a touch of the vapours. (No innuendo, etc, intended.)

Obviously, there are enough brothels abroad and they need to set up here. It's not illegal, or the police would have stopped it.
Look like there's quite a bit of it going on in Station Road, and side roads, north Chingford: A condom on the pavement, with a "lady", sitting close by - I think I'm about to have a touch of the vapours. (No innuendo, etc, intended.) Obviously, there are enough brothels abroad and they need to set up here. It's not illegal, or the police would have stopped it. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 0

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