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Dorset kerb-crawling crackdown 'endangers prostitutes' Published 26 January image captionDorset Working Women's Project said many of the sex workers are drug users A police force has denied a four-year crackdown on kerb-crawlers has made sex workers more vulnerable to attack by forcing them to move on to other areas. Of the 52 men arrested for kerb-crawling in east Bournemouth in18 were charged compared with the 17 arrests and a single charge last year. English Collective of Prostitutes said the women were being "forced to work in isolated and more dangerous areas". But Dorset Police said its operation "supported and engaged" with the women.

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Chris Wakefield of Bournemouth LINk said: "At the launch of the police operation last year, it was highlighted that there weren't enough funds if all of these vulnerable ladies said, actually, I need to break this addiction habit now.

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Of the 17 sex workers interviewed in the LINk report, 14 admitted injecting drugs, predominantly heroin. Dorset kerb-crawling crackdown 'endangers prostitutes' Published 26 January image captionDorset Working Women's Project said many of the sex workers are drug users A police force has denied prostitufes four-year crackdown on kerb-crawlers has made sex workers more vulnerable to attack by forcing them to move on to other areas.

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Bournemouth street sex workers proxtitutes help' Published duration 11 February Bournemouth's street sex workers need help to steer them away from drug abuse and prostitution, a report has found. The unnamed youngster lives in the once-prosperous resort of Boscombe in Bournemouth, Dorset, that is now blighted by problems including.

The report follows a drive by Dorset Police to help Boscombe street sex workers change their lives and target kerb crawlers through re-education and conviction. I think the partnership that we have in place supports those women and reduces the likelihood of harm for them.

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He said: "Whilst the s are low, we know that these women are amongst the most vulnerable in our community, and working in partnership with Dorset Police and NHS we are already engaged patterson ca houses activities to reduce the s of women working in the street sex trade.

The city's Local Involvement Network LINk assessed the health needs of workers and found many sold their bodies to fund addictions to heroin.

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There are around 50 prostitutes working Southcote Road and the surrounding area and it has been causing on-going nuisance to nearby. “In terms of the women working as prostitutes, what a majority of these men are the Misuse of Drugs Act being executed at addresses in the Boscombe.

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As part of the crackdown more than half of all the kerb-crawlers who were arrested over the four-year-period - in total - were referred to a rehabilitation scheme called the Change Course. It found there was a lack of emergency accommodation for homeless prostitutes and more outreach work was needed. Three said they were sleeping rough and the majority said they would opt for rehabilitation if it was available.

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But Dorset Police said its operation "supported and engaged" with the women. Hampshire police said men from across both counties had completed the course since its inception.

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English Collective of Prostitutes said the women were being "forced to work in isolated and more dangerous areas". Of the 52 men arrested for kerb-crawling in east Bournemouth in18 were charged compared with the 17 arrests and a single charge last year.

Bournemouth council said Boacombe would work with Dorset Police and the NHS to heed the recommendations in the report. Police estimate there are 30 sex workers in the town, with many face problems including mental health issues and being exposed to violence, while some have children who are no longer in their care.