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Kerb crawlers targeted in crackdown on prostitution

Kerb crawlers are not welcome on Soho Road as patrols continue in Handsworth to crackdown on prostitution.

The East Handsworth and Lozells neighbourhood team are working in plain clothes to target men who solicit women for sex. In the last year, 43 offences were recorded. The majority of the men caught attended a course to help prevent them from re-offending. The course is run by Turning Point and has a 90% success rate. Others have received a caution.

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Three offenders appeared at court where two were found guilty of soliciting. Some offenders were also found to be wanted for other offences and several cars have been seized for no insurance including one man who was using his partner’s car to pick up sex workers!

Sex workers have been referred to the Umbrella Project for support. Where they continue to solicit, they are issued with a Community Protection Warning which prohibits them from certain areas at specific times. This has had a positive effect and there have been no breaches to date.

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