Hate crimes against sex workers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4701
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I have heard reports that police are dismissing sex workers after they experience attacks and try to report the offence. Will you take a stand and also recommend to the Commissioner that crimes against sex workers are treated as hate crimes, or an equivalent escalated crime type, to ensure no officers treat sex workers in this way, putting them at heightened risk?

Answer

Answer for Hate crimes against sex workers

Answer for Hate crimes against sex workers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As highlighted in my refreshed violence against women and girls (VAWG) strategy, I will work with partners through my VAWG Panel to develop a pan-London protocol to inform the way the MPS and other London agencies respond to prostitution. This will include a focus on women's safety to ensure that crimes against women and everyone involved in prostitution are taken seriously and escalated appropriately.