[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 9 August, 2004, 10:25 GMT 11:25 UK
Legal threat over red light zone
A prostitute leans in to speak with a customer
Prostitution is already a problem in Everton's streets
People living near a proposed tolerance zone for prostitutes in Liverpool say they will take legal action if the city council backs the plans.

People in Everton, who already suffer from prostitutes on their streets, say any "red-light zone" should be away from residential areas.

Pauline Daniel, of Residents Against Prostitution, said she had campaigned for years against prostitutes.

But she said residents wanted them moved miles away, not next door.

The cafe owner said: "I've got grandchildren growing up in this area and I don't want them to think of prostitution as a plausible career move.

'Mile away'

"You can't get a bus or a taxi in the streets without being accosted. You also get abuse from the prostitutes.

"The community will support a tolerance zone as long as its well away from a residential area. It's got to be a mile away from any residents."

The proposed tolerance area is in an industrial estate taking in Kempston Street, Craven Street and Devon Street in Islington, which borders Everton.

But prostitutes have also warned many of their clients will not use a tolerance zone.

Tracey Griffin, who has worked the streets for the past eight years, said: "Punters like the excitement of sneaking out behind their wives' backs and picking a young prostitute up.

"They're not going to go to a tolerance area where it's camera'd up to death in case their number plate gets taken."

A consultation period set up by Liverpool City Council runs until the end of August.

Home Office approval will be needed for the scheme to go ahead.


SEE ALSO:
Red light zone sites identified
29 Jul 04  |  Merseyside
City supports red light zone plan
17 Jun 04  |  Merseyside
Bigger than the movies
09 Jun 04  |  Magazine
'Bin bag' killer detained in hospital
10 Dec 03  |  Merseyside


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific