Police Crime Commissioner looks to tackle sex trade issues in Boscombe
MARTYN Underhill, Dorset's Police Crime Commissioner is taking measures to tackle the sex trade in Boscombe.
Earlier in the year he appointed Helene Bowman-Brown as a voluntary advocate to act as his “eyes and ears” in the area.
Now, following his first PCC Forum at which the vulnerability of women was discussed at length, he has decided to recruit an outreach worker for the area to help solve issues connected with the sex trade.
He said there were around thirty five women who are involved in the on street sex trade in Boscombe.
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He added: "Both the community and I would like to see that number reduced, but it is important that agencies and the police work together to recognise their needs, which are complicated and not quick to solve.
"I hope that the new outreach worker role will be able to link agencies together, and work with the women to offer the help, advice, support and guidance that they need.
"On street sex workers aren’t offenders, they are victims, casualties of either awful life experiences, addictions or both."