Published on January 13th, 2020 | by Gaelle Finley1
NO KERB-CRAWLERS ON SOHO ROAD
Police in Handsworth are warning kerb-crawlers that they’re on the lookout for them.
In the last 12 months the East Handsworth and Lozells neighbourhood team have continued their crackdown on prostitution in Soho Road which has historically been a blight on the lives of local residents and businesses.
Officers have worked in plain clothes to target men who solicit women for sex, resulting in 43 offences being recorded.
Of these most men 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.
Three offenders appeared at court, where two were found guilty
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!
Officers have also been helping the sex workers to deter them from plying their trade by referring them to the Umbrella Project* for support. Where they continue to solicit, they are issued with Community Protection Warnings which prohibits them from certain areas at specific times. This has had a positive effect and there have been no breaches to date.
The message is clear – kerb crawlers are not welcome on the Soho Road and extra police patrols will continue.
(Text and banner photo from local neighbourhood sergeant).