Kerb crawlers apprehended


[from TheBestOf]

Kerb crawlers apprehended.

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23 June 2007

After a clampdown on prostitution in Hackney, 25 men have been arrested for kerb crawling.

During the 4-day operation in Dalston, Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington, they were arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex.

During Operation Bocas an undercover policewoman posed as a prostitute. Recently, the operation focused on the borough’s notorious vice spots from Monday to Thursday.

Hackney Safer Neighbourhood teams were joined by officers from the Met Police’s Clubs and Vice Operation.

Shacklewell Lane in Dalston, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk in Stoke Newington and Brownswood Road in Finsbury Park were swooped by them.

A public information campaign warning kerb crawlers of the risk of prosecution coincided with the operation.

In charge of the Met’s Clubs and Vice Unit, Chief Supt Ian Dyson said: “Kerb crawling causes misery to many – from the communities that are blighted by the crime and detritus associated with the on-street sex markets, the chaotic and often vulnerable women who are forced by their circumstances to work the capital’s streets, to the families and friends of the men who are caught.

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