Police report progress to ward panel

Joint working with Home Office enforcement officers and the council is the right approach to the vice problem in streets near Paddington station, the Safer Neighbourhood team reported to residents today. The majority of the prostitutes currently being cautioned are East European, with evidence that many are under duress. Because they are not exercising their treaty rights to work or study they can be required to leave, which is a quicker resolution than going through the courts. Where appropriate the women are referred to a national support network. This approach is yielding results though residents should still report descriptions and in particular, car number plates to the SNT email address. Longer term, better lighting and highways changes will be needed to make sure the problem stays away.

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