A British prostitute returned to work in a notorious red light district just 30 minutes after giving birth, a Police Community Support Office has revealed.
This was revealed by Jacqui Fairbanks from the Police Community Support Office, who has been helping the sex workers in Hull’s Hessle Road for ten years and says there are currently around 40 of them working in the area at various times.
Mental health problems are common and there are problems of trafficking and coercion by pimps and boyfriends, explained the officer.
‘One woman had a baby and, within half an hour, was back out on the streets. That’s how desperate some of these women are,’ she told the Hull Daily Mail.
‘This isn’t Pretty Woman, I’m afraid. Some rich punter isn’t going to come along and sweep these women off their feet and live happily ever after.
‘Our problem is that these women will not come and deal with us. Their self-esteem is so low that they enjoy the attention they receive and that is really sad.’
According to Fairbanks, she said engaging in prostitution are in their late 20s or early 30s to a couple of women in their 60s ‘thankfully we don’t have any young girls on the streets in Hull’.
When it comes to customers who patronize them, she said:
‘We have lads as young as 17 or 18 using these sex workers and the age range goes up to those in their 80s’.
PCSO Fairbanks says the lack of sympathy for prostitutes can be unfair.
'There is a perception that these women are all on benefits but that is not always the case. For many, this is their only source of income.
'At the end of the day these women are somebody's daughter. I try to tell them they are better than this. But all we can do is off them the help through the different agencies.