Is Leeds showing the way forward on prostitution?

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Considering our own forward-thinking policy on prostitution, I wonder if readers approve of the scheme currently being run in Leeds. The BBC reports:

A suburb in Leeds is the first place in the UK where it is permitted for women to sell sex between specified hours. The “managed approach” was introduced to try to control the trade.

…in this specified network of roads, street prostitutes can sell their services from 19.00 to 07.00 BST, without being stopped by police.

Traditionally, workers operated across the whole of Holbeck – this scheme has moved them from residential streets to places where businesses operate in the day but not at night.

The “managed area” scheme comes with rules:

  • Working on streets outside the agreed area or times will not be tolerated
  • Litter including condoms/wrapping/syringes should not be left
  • People should respect business and other properties
  • Crime, public disorder and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated
  • No drug use is allowed

You can read about the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire’s report about this project here.

What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments thread below.

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