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Happy hookers image is cosy myth.

WHEN the government vetoed Liverpool city council's plans for red light districts as a way of controlling prostitution, it promised a host of other solutions.

These included a crackdown on kerb-crawling and allowing small licensed brothels.

Even a mini-brothel with two women and a "maid" could mean 40-50 men tramping up the stairs each and every day.

Forget the cosy image of happy hookers offering a social service to stressed businessmen. The grim reality is that a prostitute is now much more likely to be a semi-slave to drug-suppliers, people traffickers and crime lords.

This week, a builder was locked up for life for murdering mother-of-three Chantel Taylor, who was working in Wirral as a prostitute. Merseyside police are still hunting the killers of Liverpool prostitute Anne Marie Foy, beaten and strangled in a well-known red light district last year.

While there is something to be said for legitimate brothels to take prostitutes off the streets - and, ministers hope, out of the hands of pimps - the eternal question remains: Would you want one in your street?

Residents of Kensington, Vauxhall and Poulton know their response.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2006
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