Holistic solutions that actually work

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3619
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

After a year of enforcement in Ilford Road to tackle prostitution - which, as a result, meant sex workers were pushed into working in less safe areas or were criminalised and so forced to remain in prostitution - prostitution is again on the rise in this area, and one sex worker has tragically died. Is it time to admit that this police policy has failed and that a long term holistic response, which assists sex workers to make choices that will allow them to eventually move away from prostitution, is preferable?

Answer

Answer for Holistic solutions that actually work

Answer for Holistic solutions that actually work

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is tragic to hear of any woman exploited through prostitution losing her life.

I recognise that exiting prostitution is a long-term process. As set out in my violence against women and girls (VAWG) strategy, the focus needs to be on prioritising safety and offering holistic support, whilst clamping down on those who exploit women in prostitution, such as traffickers, pimps, kerb-crawlers and anyone that pays for sex with exploited women.

Through the London Crime Prevention Fund, I have funded a number of initiatives in Redbridge to address these issues, including a needs assessment to inform the commissioning of outreach, advocacy and support services; and a mobile safety app which helps keep women involved in prostitution safe, detailing services that are available locally.