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BBC1 Inside Out: The Merseyside Hate Crime Model of Policing Prostitution – Monday 21 Oct, 7.30pm

October 19, 2013 // 12 Comments

The Merseyside hate crime model of policing prostitution leads the country. In these two documentaries for Inside Out, airing on BBC1 in the London and North West regions, writer Ruth Jacobs investigates why crimes against sex trade workers are going unpunished, clearly showing the urgency for the Merseyside model to be made UK wide to prevent more rapes and save lives, taking more rapists and murderers off the streets.

The Merseyside Model Saves Lives – so why is it not being rolled out nationally? | Impolite Conversation

July 8, 2013 // 13 Comments

Not making the hate crime approach the national standard for people in prostitution is a hate crime in itself while women are being beaten, raped and murdered as the state looks the other way... If a particular policing approach was known to be achieving a 67% conviction rate for those who rape people in society in general, and yet it was only being used in one part of the country, there would be public uproar.

In the Booth with Ruth – Alex Bryce, Manager, National Ugly Mugs

July 6, 2013 // 6 Comments

[I]f every aspect of the Merseyside model was implemented throughout the UK then there would be a sea change. If every area had a specialist ISVA working with sex workers and every police force adopted the hate crime approach then I have no doubt that more sex workers would report crimes and, as a result, more dangerous offenders would be brought to justice. This would be hugely beneficial to the police, to sex workers and, of course, to the wider public.

In the Booth with Ruth – Shelly Stoops, Former Specialist ISVA for Sex Workers, Armistead Street Project, Liverpool

May 16, 2013 // 15 Comments

The women I have worked with here in Merseyside now have a great level of trust in Merseyside Police. That has been the result of massive amounts of trust building from the women themselves, the ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) and sex work project. So in the beginning, women would do Ugly Mug reports if they were attacked and wouldn’t dream of going to the police. Now, they will ring 999 just like any other victim would which is a direct result of the partnership.

In the Booth with Ruth – Maria, Prostitution Survivor

April 16, 2013 // 10 Comments

When I was fifteen, I went to see my friend who’d moved in with her sister. I was thrown out of the house, and found myself in Piccadilly, Manchester where I met gypsies. The police put me in this hostel. There was about one hundred and ninety women in there. I was petrified. I didn’t know what to do. I ended up losing my virginity to a lorry driver for five...

In the Booth with Ruth – Jackie Summerford, Mother of Bonnie Barratt Murdered at 24 Years Old in the Sex Trade

April 5, 2013 // 8 Comments

Bonnie’s killer was a regular to all of them. He’d been rough with some of them and they’d stopped going to his flat. If there was the Merseyside model, he might have been reported to the police before. In May 2007, one of the girls was in his flat and from when she got in, she knew something was wrong with him; she didn’t feel right. She waited for him to go to the bathroom and she shot out of the street door. She never went back after...

In the Booth with Ruth – Andrew Boff, Conservative Member of the London Assembly

April 4, 2013 // 6 Comments

Some sex workers in London feel that when they report crimes, police focus on their crimes related to sex work – such as having a ‘brothel’ - over the crimes they originally reported against them. I have seen several cases like this in London. As a result of this belief in the sex industry, sex workers have told me they feel that they cannot safely report crime to the police...

Cry for the Merseyside Model: Crimes Against People in Prostitution/Sex Workers Must Be Treated As Hate Crimes UK Wide

March 4, 2013 // 33 Comments

These very real women photographed above are dead. They were murdered, and most of their cases remain unsolved. Women in prostitution suffer higher rates of murder [the mortality rate for women in prostitution in London is twelve times the national average - Home Office 2004a], higher rates of rape [more than half have been raped and/or seriously...