Criminalising clients puts people working on-street in greater danger and forced ‘exiting’ does not work

Ruth Jacobs

Since reading of the murder of Mariana Popa, a 24-year-old Romanian woman working on-street in Ilford Lane in October 2013, I have thought about her often. Her death occurred just as police embarked on a hard line ‘cleaning up the streets’ approach to prostitution named Operation Clearlight.

I have recently investigated another such ‘cleaning up the streets’ campaign in Medway, Kent for BBC1. Their Safe Exit scheme was meant to help women exit the sex trade and was hailed a success. However, our investigation found that although Kent Police claimed to have reduced numbers of women working on-street in Medway by 90 or more, only one woman was actually helped and sadly she is no longer alive. Another woman was murdered, and other women who were working on-street are known to have died since the scheme started. In response to our Freedom of Information request, Kent Police was…

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Jackie Summerford and Ruth Jacobs

Rt Hon Mrs Theresa May MP: Make the Merseyside hate crime model of policing prostitution law UK wide

Jackie Summerford is the mother of Bonnie Barratt who was murdered at 24 years old in the sex trade. If the Merseyside hate crime model was in operation in London, Bonnie’s killer might have been reported to the police before and she would be alive today.

Please add your signature to the Change.org petition calling for Rt Hon Mrs Theresa May MP to make the Merseyside hate crime model law UK wide: http://www.change.org/merseysidemodel.

“Jackie Summerford talking with Ruth Jacobs for the Merseyside hate crime model campaign” Produced by Matthew Lynch (www.jlfilmandmedia.com)

  • Jackie Summerford’s first interview for the Merseyside model campaign can be read here.

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BBC1 Inside Out – Documentary Investigating Policing of Prostitution in the South East – Monday 13 Jan, 7.30PM

Inside Out - Merseyside model 750A short documentary investigating the policing of prostitution in the South East will air on Monday 13 January at 7.30PM. It will compare this with the Merseyside hate crime model, which leads the country, ensuring people in the sex trade feel safe to report crimes committed against them and perpetrators are convicted.

As well as airing on BBC1 in the South East region, the documentary can be watched across the UK on BBC iPlayer and on Sky channel 963 and Freesat 959.

At 7AM on Monday morning I’ll be on BBC Radio Kent discussing the Merseyside model with Clare McDonnell and at 10AM I’ll be interviewed about my past in prostitution by Julia George.

A clip from the previous BBC1 North West documentary on the Merseyside model can be watched worldwide on BBC News here.

The BBC1 London Merseyside Model documentary can be viewed on iPlayer here.

For more information on the Merseyside model click here.

Please add your name to the Change.org petition calling for the Merseyside model to be made law UK wide.