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Irgendeiner

Christoper Shepherd?

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Amy's posting on the Dangerous Punters forum must have given rise to a collective audible sigh of relief across much of London (albeit there are certainly other predators out there).

The link is: http://content.met.police.uk/News/Rapist-targeted-escorts/1400003121292/1257246741786?scope_id=1257246764093

This case was investigated by the Met rather than Surrey, (and there does not seem to be any suggestion that there were "Proceeds of Crime" involved, which might have distorted the approach to this dangerous criminal.

Am I however, being paranoid when I read the declarations of the two senior police officers as being drafted with great care?

Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Bates, Head of Sapphire, said: "Christopher Shepherd is a very dangerous individual who was preying on vulnerable women working in the sex trade. This successful conviction is yet another example of how the Metropolitan Police Service Sapphire Unit is gaining the trust and confidence of women in all walks of life, each of whom will be believed and supported by the specialist staff within Sapphire units and other support agencies. Where a prosecution is possible, victims will be enabled to give their evidence to a Court so that they can help protect other members of the public from dangerous sexual predators. I encourage all victims of sexual violence to report the circumstances of their attack to the Police or to The Havens, so that more people can be protected from dangerous offenders in the future."

She seems to genuflect swiftly to the blessed Hattie, in assuming that all women working in the sex trade are itso fatso "vulnerable", and then offers to believe and support victims of "sexual violence" from "dangerous sexual predators", BUT, to my mind, she has carefully reserved on mere trade violence by thugs, without sex in mind, as in SashaB's case?

Detective Inspector James Harman of the Serious Crime Directorate said: "Christopher Shepherd targeted women working in the sex trade. Shepherd wasn't content with just robbing the girls, he raped and assaulted them. He appeared to think he could get away with his crimes, and that his victims would not report him to police, nor would they be believed.

The Metropolitan Police Service takes all matters of rape and sexual assault seriously no matter what the circumstances are, no matter when the crime was committed.

This investigation demonstrates that the MPS will listen to and support all victims of sexual offences, irrespective of their occupation and circumstances. Together with our partners we will ensure that victims receive the maximum support possible and be treated with the utmost respect and dignity."

This reads better to me, but then he is only a lowly DI! If he can be believed, then, provided his bosses don't send him off looking for POCA if any Agency WG is involved in a case, there is perhaps hope?

Lastly Rosslyn Okumu, of the RAHAB Project, said: "The RAHAB Project is a UK charity founded by Catholic nuns concerned for the wellbeing and safety of women working in prostitution in Kensington and Chelsea. Over the last year RAHAB has started building direct links to the police in order to help overcome barriers around trust and confidentiality, and to help deliver the right support. This case clearly demonstrates to individuals who may be apprehensive in coming forward that, regardless of who they are or their circumstances, a report of a sexual or physical assault will be taken seriously and that help is available."

This reads even more hopefully?

Can those better informed than me please comment on both "the Havens" and RAHAB?

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Laura,

It was both kind and tolerant that you didn't just PM me saying "Hey mate! Do your own fecking research won't you? Ever heard, maybe, of Google?"

I have now done a little research, and have found that RAHAB (oddly, given its Met sponsorship) is a Reading based tentacle of NCAP, which declares, "In 1999 the NCAP network was started to support those wanting to exit prostitution."

So, alas, a WG can't go to RAHAB for non judgmental Christian support and protection, so that she can continue with her socially vital profession without being attacked.

Aaaagh!

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The Havens are good, and not part of any of the sex work politics.

They are the sexual assault referral centres equivalent for London (only London call them Havens) and I think there are three; East London/Whitechapel work with Open Doors in Hackney who have an specialist Independent Sexual VIolence Advisor, and the one in Paddington has good links with Praed Street (a UK Network of Sex Work Projects support/outreach resource). Good stuff :).

RAHAB certainly have abolitionist leanings, but like Poppy, whether this matters in the context of helping those who actually need them when they're not agenda-pushing is neither here nor there. Am waiting to find out a bit more about them, but they're not UK Network members (there are some great Christian projects who are linked including Genesis in Leeds, but RAHAB aren't one of them).

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I appreciate he got an inderterminate sentence with an 8 year minimum but life with a minimum recommendation of 25 years seems right to me. Scum.

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...he got an inderterminate sentence with an 8 year minimum ...

I think, however, that in this context "8" means "8", so he won't get early release before he serves half of the sentence, which, of course, would have been back-dated to his arrest?

The other odd thing about this case is that I don't think there were any press reports of his three week trial, and all the press reports on his sentencing were simply rehashes of the Met's guff. I just wonder whether he is about to be tried again for something else, which might have been prejudiced if the previous trial was reported?

Ordinary sort of Anglo name, but the mug shot is compatible with the suggestions earlier of kazakh blood?

I don't think we've heard the whole story yet - will we ever?

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I think, however, that in this context "8" means "8", so he won't get early release before he serves half of the sentence, which, of course, would have been back-dated to his arrest?

8 years is not in any way sufficient for such crimes in my opinion though.

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I don't think we've heard the whole story yet - will we ever?

Irgendeiner is almost certainly correct. I think we may just have to sit back and wtch this space. .There's more to this than meets the eye.

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