The Government is soon to announce what it says will be the most radical overhaul of the laws on prostitution for 50 years.
However, as many call- girls sell their bodies to fund their addiction to heroin and cocaine, Phil Doherty asks if this vicious circle could be broken by legalising both class-A drugs and prostitution. According to children's charity Barnardo's, girls as young as 13 are plying their trade on the region's streets to raise money for their next fix.
These tragic kids are a common sight, particularly on the streets of Middlesbrough, the so-called red-light capital of the North.
The of prostitutes in the area rocketed with the explosion of the heroin trade in the s when the streets were flooded with cut-price drugs. Inspector Gary Gamesby, head of Cleveland police's Vice Unit, admitted: "In Middlesbrough the vast majority of street prostitutes are addicted to drugs. So there is a clear link between the two.
However, as a law enforcement officer, he does not support the setting up of brothels or the legalisation of drugs. He said: "If you decriminalised drugs it may have an effect but it would take a long time before this became apparent, and you will still get girls working in the industry who are addicts.
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The Government review of the prostitution laws could see the setting up of d brothels. The Home Office-led initiative will also focus on the links between hard drugs and prostitution, the role of pimps and kerb crawlers, and take a new look at the prostitute in middlesbrough price on brothels. Prostitution is not illegal in Britain, but there are more than 35 offences, including some dating from the s, such as soliciting and "living off immoral earnings", which criminalise the trade. It has been suggested that there should be the introduction of "tolerance zones" in the UK, where soliciting would be decriminalised as long as there was no public nuisance.
Mr Alexander said: "It would be a good idea to have d brothels because under the prostitute in middlesbrough price law if more than one girl is operating out of a premises it is classed as a brothel, and that's illegal. In Middlesbrough over recent years the Barnardo's Project has helped numerous girls under 18 give up the streets and kick their drug addictions.
It has seen the s arrested for soliciting from this age group plummet from 40 a year to just four. This would pay for premises and outreach workers. The last word goes to Ian Guy, of the Fulcrum Medical Practice, which specialises in the treatment of heroin addicts.
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