Police reveal tactics for deterring sex workers in Normanton

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Police have shed light on how they are tackling prostitution in Normanton.

In a post on Twitter, the area's Safer Neighbourhood Team said six street workers were "dealt with positively" on June 22.

The tweet said: "Street prostitution. We understand the impact this has on our community and Pear Tree SNT are increasing our patrols in plain clothes and in uniform so we can control it, especially around Normanton Road."

PC Steve Revill from the Pear Tree Safer Neighbourhood Team said their work has continued during the pandemic "so that we can do our best to ensure the safety of the sex workers involved".

He said: “Since 2011 we have been running Operation Scarlet to tackle prostitution in the Normanton and Pear Tree areas, in response to complaints from local residents and businesses.

“Over the last 18 months, we have had a particular focus on targeting persistent street sex workers and those kerb-crawling to seek their services. We have had plain-clothed officers patrolling known pick-up areas and car parks, as well as high visibility patrols to deter activity and provide community reassurance.

“A key aspect of Operation Scarlet is passing the details of sex workers to our partners at Woman’s Work, Restore and Phoenix Futures in the hope that they can get some support to help them move on working on the streets in this way.”

If the women are caught soliciting, they can be handed a caution, and if they are caught again within three months they can be arrested.

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