Sheffield Planning First Legal Brothels
Jason Bennetto Crime Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)
THE FIRST plans in Britain to legalise prostitution in massage parlours, escort agencies and saunas are being considered by Sheffield council and the city's police.
The proposals include sex workers being registered, with yearly medical checks. The dozens of premises used by prostitutes would be regularly inspected by the council's health department and police.
If the scheme is successful it could be adopted by the other South Yorkshire towns of Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham. Eventually, it may be used through the country. South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield City Council are examining whether existing by-laws can be used to force the licensing of establishments, many of which act as brothels. The police have been running an informal project for the past year in the Attercliffe business area of Sheffield, where the owners and staff at about six saunas and massage parlours are allowed to run their businesses but under scrutiny. The attempt to formalise this across the whole of the city is a response to concerns about the growth in sex for sale from saunas and massage parlours, and houses being used by escort agencies. The police believe licensing premises would give them greater control over how they are run and help ensure they are safe from infection and disease. They also believe they can better prevent violence and drug-dealing and keep the establishments out of criminal hands. Getting prostitutes off the streets is also considered a far safer option for the women, who are not so open to assaults and abductions. It also eliminates kerb crawlers and complaints from residents about finding condoms on the streets. In an interview in The Economist magazine, …
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Publication information: Article title: Sheffield Planning First Legal Brothels. Contributors: Jason Bennetto Crime Correspondent - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: July 2, 1999. Page number: 7. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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