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Brothel users escape crackdown on forced prostitution

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Article in Guardian - 18 August 2010.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/aug/18/brothel-users-forced-prostitution

"Sources at the Metropolitan police and the Crown Prosecution Service said only three men have been cautioned for going with prostitutes who were coerced or threatened into working, since it became a criminal offence in April 2009 (sic)."

"Detectives said the maximum £1,000 fine for "paying for the sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force" means there is little incentive to dedicate resources to it and said it is difficult to prove that prostitutes are being coerced and exploited."

Still no prosecutions then !!! What if the 3 hadn't accepted the simple cautions? Would the CPS have prosecuted ?

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Detectives said the maximum £1,000 fine for "paying for the sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force" means there is little incentive to dedicate resources to it.

But surely all the thousands of prostitutes that are subjected to force etc. should be incentive enough.

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But surely all the thousands of prostitutes that are subjected to force etc. should be incentive enough.

You would have thought so wouldn't you ?

Surely when the police are referring to "incentive" they can't be referring to "financial incentive" for them....surely not ;).

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Surely when the police are referring to "incentive" they can't be referring to "financial incentive" for them....surely not ;).

Perish the thought.

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As clear a statement of how the "Proceeds of crime" provisions are affecting police and CPS behaviour.

As with most Nulabor headline grabbing, this was trumpeted as a way to get the Mr Bigs of the crimeworld. But thus far it has turned into a nice little earner by the pursuit of small fry and easy targets.

Is there any FOI info on the average "take" and the distribution of types of offenses that lead to seizure?

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But surely all the thousands of prostitutes that are subjected to force etc. should be incentive enough.

Absolutely, after all with Jack and Harriet being unemployed at present you would have thought they could have rounded up a few chums and contracted to the Police to find all these thousands of trafficked girls they have been ly///// telling us about all this time.

With them on the case it should be a piece of piss!

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What I thought interesting in the report was the distribution of nationalities of WGs: in London, it's estimated (accurately? Who knows?) at 55% from Eastern Europe, 22% from Asia, 14% from S America and only 5% from the UK.

I'm not surprised at the high percentages from Eastern Europe and Asia, but the 14% from S America and 5% from the UK seem rather low.

BTW, the full report can be seen here: http://www.acpo.police.uk/asp/policies/Data/Setting%20the%20Record%20(Project%20ACUMEN)%20Aug%202010.pdf

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Men who use brothels are escaping a new law intended to crack down on the coercion of women into prostitution

This is all getting a bit silly now. Why are men who use brothels escaping a law intended to crack down on coercion if they aren't seeing women who are being coerced into prostitution, which I would imagine would be the vast majority of cases since so few instances of women being coerced into prostitution have been uncovered.

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But the new law doesn't crack down on the coercion in the first place..so not exactly a very good law.

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"The figures published by Acpo, relating only to off-street prostitution, suggest that almost one in 10 of an estimated 30,000 prostitutes are trafficked. Half of them come from China with most of the rest from Thailand, other parts of south-east Asia, and eastern Europe."

Half of them come from China means half of the trafficked one or half of the whole number?

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