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Photos of prostitutes condemned
Prostitute in street
MP Jane Griffiths said the women need drug rehabilitation schemes
A Berkshire MP has criticised some local newspapers for printing police photographs of prostitutes issued with anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos).

Reading MP Jane Griffiths said printing the pictures of prostitutes, many of whom have drug addictions, would not have a beneficial affect on the women.

The Reading Evening Post is among those who chose to publish the pictures.

It said: "Identifying the women has empowered the community to help police to get these women off the streets."

Help to get off drugs

Identifying drugs as the route of the prostitution problem, Jane Griffiths told BBC News she supported anti-social behaviour orders issued in conjunction with effective drugs rehabilitation treatment for them.

She said they would not work if pictures were published.

The women would be better served with sensitive treatment to get off crack cocaine and heroine, said Ms Griffiths.

A spokeswoman from the Reading Evening Post said: "The reason we printed the pictures of seven street prostitutes given Asbos, was that the pictures were released by the police for publication so that the community could be informed exactly who had an Asbo against them to stop these women blighting the community.

"The Evening Post has been in dialogue with many of these women for years and has championed the women's own call for better help to get off drugs.

"Criticising printing pictures of people with ASBOs against them does go against the whole idea of these orders which were brought in by this Government."




SEE ALSO:
Naming of prostitutes criticised
21 Jul 04 |  Berkshire
Police AIDS 'witch-hunt' criticised
02 Jul 03 |  Berkshire
'Saving' the street-walkers
24 Apr 03 |  Berkshire


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