An interesting report by POPPY project people regarding the problem of prostitution that notoriously affects Brownswood Road.
An extract of Hackney case study.
Hackney Case Studies – Arrests (Hackney, 2004-2006)
.1 Women in Prostitution
• In 2004-2005, 54 women were arrested an average of 1.72 times
(n=93) for loitering or soliciting for prostitution.
• The majority of women were only arrested once (just over threefifths,
61%, n=33) with a small number of women who were arrested
five or more times (3.7%, n=2).
• 2005-2006 showed a significant decrease in arrests of women for
prostitution-related offences. Sixteen women were arrested once,
and one woman was arrested twice (n=18 arrests). These figures
suggest that recent policy calls for a victim-centric approach to
women in prostitution have begun to filter through to grassroots.
7.2 Kerb Crawlers
• In 2004-2005, 42 men were arrested 42 times for kerb crawling,
indicating the ability of buyers to easily relocate when necessary.
• Compared to the number of arrests against women for prostitutionrelated
offences (n=93), less than half that number of arrests (n=43)
were made against men for kerb crawling during the same period.
• The discrepancy between arrests of men and women – in the same
area, during the same period – highlights the freedom of movement,
security and discretion enjoyed by a male buyer travelling via car, in
contrast to the vulnerability of a female prostitute standing on the
7.3 Persistent Buyers
• In 2004-2005, only one man was arrested for persistent soliciting
followed by a 95% increase in 2005-2006, when 21 men were
arrested a total of 22 times.
• This dramatic rise in arrests for buyer solicitation denotes a gradual
shift in policy from the traditional stance of criminalising prostituted
women to a more victim-focused approach to tackling prostitution, by
acknowledging male buyers as the root cause of demand for
commercial sex acts.