Prostitutes are approaching parents doing the school run and chasing men popping into shops, people living nearby have claimed.
The area around Hessle Road, Hull, has long been known for women plying their trade but a recent clampdown seemed to have reduced the problems, Hull Live reports.
However, fed-up residents say the problem has got worse again in the last few weeks and ‘are sick of’ passers-by being propositioned constantly.
One person living nearby, who wished to remain anonymous, said It is beyond a joke now. You cannot stop in the street now without getting propositioned. They even do it when I’m with my girlfriend.
When I am going to work in the morning I have even seen parents being approached when their children are with them. I don’t know how they explain what is happening to their children.
Most of them are also on drugs and we see a lot of needles and foil left around. If you go into any telephone box it is all there.
There are usually a minimum of six girls working but at the weekend there could be 15-20.
They are all the way from the Rawlings Way roundabout up to Asda. They are not just having sex in cars either. They do it in alleyways, car parks and behind buildings.
The resident says it has been getting worse more recently.
It has got a lot worse in the last three weeks, he said. There are signs up saying prostitution will not be tolerated but the women just ignore it.
They all seem addicted and you will seem some of them clutching a half-empty bottle of vodka.
Another resident, who lives nearby, also spoke of his concerns over the number of sex workers in Hessle Road.
He said I was in Home Bargains in the Boulevard the other day and one prostitute was in the doorway of a Chinese takeaway. The owners must be sick of it.
I was approached by a woman in her 50s who asked if I wanted to come back to hers. She said her father would take us. Her father? I presume it was her pimp.
Some people I know were laughing and asked me why I was with a prostitute but I didn’t think it was funny.
It is getting worse again and they’re hanging out right down the whole street.
I don’t think you can criticise the police as their resources are stretched but something needs to be done.
Another resident says she has also witnessed parents being propositioned as they take their children to school.
The woman, who does not wish to be named, said I am sick of it. In a morning when I go to the shop there are two working on the road actually shouting at the men passing also chasing after men going into the shops.
There’s bairns on their way to school seeing this and the police are aware of the carrying on.
One Hessle Road shop owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, also says she is fed up with the problem of sex workers .
She said I’ve had several standing around my shop door. You can’t do anything about it because they’ll come in and cause trouble for us.
Several prostitutes like to hang around shops disrupting the owners’ business and making customers, especially the men, feel unwelcome. Police pass several times a week and never stop to do anything even though there is a ban.
You will also find used condoms down the alleyway by the flats in Eton Street.
Police have been targeting sex workers in recent years and issuing them with orders banning them from working in the street.
Injunction orders under Section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972 were first introduced in 2014 and Hull City Council was one of the first local authorities to use the legislation to tackle prostitution.
Plain-clothes officers have been employed to catch kerb crawlers approaching prostitutes and using CCTV to gather evidence.
In the last three months of 2017, 16 section 222 orders were handed out to users and a further 12 warnings issued. There has also been one breach of the order by a sex trade user.
Ward Councillor Daren Hale says everything is being done to combat the number of sex workers in Hessle Road.
He said There has been action taken and the section 222 orders remain in place and have proved effective.
A number of sex workers have been taken to court and jailed.
But, if there is a perception that it is getting worse then we will act. We take a dim view of prostitution in Hessle Road.
We feel we had addressed the issue pretty well and we don’t want the problems coming back.
We will look at the data and speak to the police. There has been an issue with one of the officers being off for a while so police resources have perhaps not been at full strength.
But we are always ready to clamp down on this problem which causes misery for residents.
Inspector Kirsty Tock, of the Hull central community policing team , previously explained the work that was being done.
She said Hessle Road remains our main focus and, at the moment, we are tackling those seeking out sex workers.
We are continuing to carry out patrols and using the injunctions to prevent prostitution on Hull’s streets.
We have changed our approach recently and are using plain-clothes officers and now punters are feeling the full force of these section 222 orders. We are also using CCTV to collect further evidence.
In a landmark ruling in 2014, prostitutes and kerb crawlers found breaching the order by loitering, soliciting or having sex, face arrest and a court appearance.
The exclusion zone covers Hessle Road from Coltman Street to Hawthorne Avenue, along Woodcock Street, Gordon Street and Cholmley Street.
Insp Tock says the force is still working with other agencies to ensure prostitutes receive help but also to protect the community.
She previously said The whole issue around prostitution remains very complex.
There are many reasons why women fall into prostitution. It can be due to drug addiction or they maybe are being coerced into it.
But we know most of these woman are vulnerable which is why it is important to try and tackle the problem.
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