All street sex work has been temporarily banned during the coronavirus lockdown - but have the restrictions worked? Street sex work has dramatically reduced in Leeds as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, according to a local campaign group. Leeds became the first place in the UK to legally allow sex workers to solicit for trade when the Holbeck Managed Approach was introduced in The scheme was brought in to make sex work safer for the women in Leeds by allowing them to solicit for trade in a controlled environment - but it has proven to be highly controversial, particularly with local residents who live near the zone.
The impact lockdown is having on Leeds street sex workers in Holbeck Managed Approach
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Local residents have complained for years that sex workers don't abide by the rules of the Managed Approach. Since its introduction, the Holbeck Managed Approach has been shrouded in controversy. The sex zone in south Leeds was the first of its kind in the UK when it was given formal approval in late - but just one month later, year-old Polish sex worker Diara Pionko died in hospital after being found with serious injuries on Springwell Road in Holbeck. It has, however, seen a sharp rise in the number of incidents reported to police , with sex workers feeling much safer about speaking to officers without the fear of being arrested. At the other end of the scale, local residents say they are fed up with sex workers repeatedly ignoring the rules by leaving dirty needles, used condoms and even excrement on residential streets and near schools.
Sex workers who operate in the Holbeck Managed Approach have spoken out about how the scheme benefits the prostitutes on the Victoria Derbyshire. Residents in Holbeck campaigned hard in for the scheme to be scrapped - prompting Leeds City Council to review it alongside West Yorkshire Police. This lead to a shake-up of how the zone is policed with the addition of Pay for sex Leeds dedicated officers to help the current police liaison officer protect the sex workers.
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