If it’s not Brownswood Road, it’s Lordship Park, if not Lordship Park it’s Seven Sisters Road. In the end, the prostitution issue is not disappearing and not easy to solve if not worked out at the root of the problem: addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Fury over sex trade
23 August 2007
PROSTITUTION has returned to the Seven Sisters area after years of cleaning up the area of vice, it has been claimed.
Women who live off Seven Sisters Road have been stopped by kerb-crawlers as they walk home from work and residents have also found used condoms in their gardens.
Matthew Laban, the Conservatives’ Greater London Assembly candidate for Haringey has been campaigning in the area.
He said: “I am grateful that residents have been in touch with me as their prospective GLA member. This problem isn’t new – it’s been going on for ages. When the prostitutes are not in the area, they’re over the border in Hackney. The two boroughs use them as tennis balls.
“Many of the girls are addicted to alcohol and drugs. Many of them have children, too. I want the authorities to provide them with professional help. I also want their pimps and ‘clients’ brought to book.”
Police Sergeant Paul McGregor, of Seven Sisters Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I’m aware there’s a re-emergence of sex worker activity affecting the quality of life of residents and I’ve stared introducing some tactics attempting to strangle the supply chain of the dealers to impact on this.
“I have offered a number of intervention measures to sex workers who are dependent on class-A drugs to cut these offences in order to end their dependencies.”
The side streets off Seven Sisters Road down to St Ann’s Road have been worst affected, along with the Tiverton Estate, which has experienced drug problems in the past.
Prostitution in the Seven Sisters area is a long running problem and police say it is strongly linked to drug dealing – which is the police’s number one priority.
Jim Cassins, chairman of South Tottenham Residents’ Association, said: “About 10 or 12 years ago it was really bad. It was rife in Seven Sisters Road and the whole area. It was the prostitute area.The police got right on them. It did improve.”