Doncaster prostitution reduced in crackdown

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A clampdown on prostitution in Doncaster has resulted in a massive reduction in problems in the town’s red light district.

South Yorkshire Police, Doncaster Council and a number of other agencies are working together to help clean up the streets around Town Moor and Wheatley and tackle the anti-social behaviour problems associated with sex work.

Residents raised concerns about sex workers in the area - and since the clampdown, activity in the area has dropped by 25 per cent year on year.

Coun Pat Knight, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “Doncaster Council is working with partners to tackle this complex issue, which has affected communities across the country for decades.

“We don’t have a huge problem in Doncaster, but we did have some concerns in this area of the town so that is why we are focussing our efforts.

“We believe that these issues are complex and that more than one approach is needed to successfully tackle the issue.

“That is why, together with our partners, we are offering people support to change their lives as well as, if that fails, taking further legal action.

“Importantly, we are tackling those who use these services and not just those who are offering them.”

Work to improve street lighting and CCTV has been completed to discourage criminal and anti-social behaviour and outreach work is on-going with the aim of helping prostitutes to change course.

In order to respond to residents’ concerns, the council has commissioned Changing Lives to provide outreach work to support sex workers.

A spokesman from Changing Lives said: “We work to make a real difference through effective, pioneering and innovative services.

“We will work with the women to help address the many underlying causes of their engagement in sex work and provide them with the support they need to access services to make a difference in their lives.”

Sgt Carl Lindley said: “The police are working closely with support services to deliver an effective strategy aimed at tackling prostitution-related issues.”

Work also includes trees being cut back to reduce dark areas and additional neighbourhood patrols.