The disruption of a network of brothels has highlighted the issue of sex workers in a town where five women were murdered only six years ago. Six people have now been jailed, including the couple who ran the operation, after police raids in a string of towns and cities, including Ipswich, where the women were killed.
Police estimate some premises are being used to sell sex in Suffolk, making life difficult for residents trying to go about their daily lives. The flat on Firmin Close escorts square one one of several raided and shut down by the police in in an operation that also took in Colchester, Norwich and the West Country. Alexsander Sochacki, 41, and Aleksandra Bryll, 29, both of Chelmsford, Essex, had been jailed for running the operationwhile the other four received community orders or suspended sentences prostigution, at an earlier hearing.
Suffolk Police claim they have "all but eradicated" poco escorts prostitution in Ipswich since the murders of five women who were sex workers. They are targeting off-street prostitution, but said a premises is only illegal if it contains more than one person selling sex or has someone managing it.
Officers keep track of the of flats and transsexual escorts in cannock by monitoring "personal services" adverts on the internet and in local newspapers. Ch Supt Alan Caton, head of public protection, said: "We felt it was time to challenge the view that it was chelmsforc going to be here and there was nothing you could do about it and I think the work we have done has proved that.
Police said the criminals' method was to rent premises for short periods and move women around between them.
London Road has historically been part of the area regarded as Ipswich's "red-light district", and Steve Wright, who murdered prostitutes inlived in the area. Cherie Walters, who has lived on London Road for 44 years, said: "Prostitution will never, pdostitution go. Ch Supt Caton said: "We do need to challenge the view that it's the 'oldest profession', it's always here and you can do nothing about it, because prostituion shown that you can do something about it with street prostitution.
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