I saw rope and tape on the floor

I gave up drugs to get out of the ‘managed’ red light zone

cheap canada goose uk It was a cool summer evening when Jenni took her first step into prostitution on the bleak Leeds industrial estate that has become canada goose outlet store montreal Britain’s only official red light district. cheap canada goose uk

canada goose Within hours, the neatly dressed mother of two from a comfortable background earned 150. She was hooked on the money to pay for her crack and heroin addiction. “All morals and principles went out of the window,” she says. canada goose

cheap Canada Goose The 36 year old former insurance worker had turned to drugs to cope with the fallout from post natal depression following the birth of her first child. It took her a year before she escaped the “managed red light zone” in Holbeck and started to get her life back on track after entering rehab. cheap Canada Goose

She is writing a book about her experiences of legalised prostitution, which critics say has sanctioned violence, exploitation and crime.

Jenni tells of the constant threat of robbery, sex tourism, exploitation by traffickers, and women so desperate for drugs they sold sex for just 10.

It comes canada goose outlet uk sale as Theresa May hinted yesterday that Britain might adopt the Nordic model which decriminalises prostitutes, provides help for them to exit the profession, and makes paying for sex a criminal offence.

Unlike some of the other prostitutes, Jenni focused on building a client base of “regulars”. It meant she netted more than 2,000 a week which she spent on drugs for her and her husband. Food, tea and condoms were provided by charities working in the zone.

She says other girls were dangerously erratic. “They’d turn up at odd hours. They’d come down poorly because they hadn’t saved the drugs from the day before. Some would do it all that night and then end up looking rough, looking desperate, then do things for tenners,” she adds.

canada goose black friday sale At least a third of the women did not use condoms despite outreach workers promoting safer sex. “The men would go round asking canada goose outlet ontario for girls who would do it without a condom and pay an extra 20 for it,” says Jenni. canada goose black friday sale

The zone, designed to crack down on pimping, canada goose outlet in usa was in reality a magnet for men seeking to exploit the women by charging them for protection. “There were loads of young lads who were basically glorified pimps,” says Jenni. “There were more canada goose outlet store uk and more attacks before I left, of people coming into the area to rob the girls, knowing they were on their own with money. But because of the deteriorating relationship with the police, the girls didn’t report anything and just felt less and less safe.”

canada goose clearance With the 2015 murder of Daria Pionko, a prostitute in the zone, Jenni carried a walkie talkie in case she needed to call for help. Despite this, she was robbed and beaten by an acquaintance of one of her clients and she was once almost abducted. canada goose clearance

“A guy in a car approached me as I was walking down the road. I saw rope and tape on the floor. He tried pulling me in. I was wrestling to canada goose outlet get away.

canada goose uk outlet “Men in cars, obviously looking for girls, stopped and chased him off.” canada goose uk outlet

She worked in the zone alongside 30 English women and 20 East Europeans, who, she believes, had been trafficked into the UK.

“The only girls who were controlled in any way were the foreign girls. They would turn up with these men who would tip them out from a minibus,” says Jenni. “Sometimes one of them would stay and watch the girls while the others followed them about, keeping a really close eye on them. We used to say they probably came over here thinking they were going to work somewhere nice and have ended up doing this. I felt really sorry for them.”

“A lot of them would come with stories like their wife had cancer and she couldn’t have sex and this was a way of not hurting her. Quite a few were just single middle aged canada goose outlet montreal guys that, I think, half the time were just lonely,” she says.

Some just wanted to talk rather than have sex. One bought her a canada goose outlet new york city phone and underwear as a Christmas present.

“In a weird way, I felt I had more power than them but that was only because I had built up such a canada goose outlet seattle clientele that I could choose who and when and how, and even prices.

Some, though not her regulars, were dangerous. “You do get some sleazy guys down there that say, ‘If I’m paying for you, then I’m paying for what you’re going to do whether you like it or not’. You do get that, maybe things their girlfriends won’t do,” she says.

uk canada goose Not once, she says, did she have an offer to help her quit prostitution from either of the main charities working in the area. She also says the women are not safe because they often leave the area to go to dangerous secluded spots with clients. uk canada goose

Her biggest criticism of the managed zone is the failure to offer women a route out of a world where drugs are rife. “All the girls are down there because they’re dependent on drugs. I don’t believe it’s their choice to do it,” she says. “The key is to stop the drug use and it will stop the girls having to work for drugs.”

canada goose coats A spokesman for Safer Leeds said the zone had led to an increase in prostitutes reporting crimes to police with some landmark convictions of offenders who would otherwise not have been brought to justice. canada goose coats

canada goose factory sale “The Managed Approach has also led to clear improvements in the way that sex workers can canada goose outlet belgium access a range of services; including drug and alcohol, sexual, physical mental health, housing and other support services,” he said. He challenged evidence of men travelling significant distances to www.mycanadagoosejacket.org the zone canada goose factory sale.

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