The “zone” has attracted punters from up to 100 miles away. One woman described how two of her “regulars” drove from Hampshire every 2 weeks to buy sex. Others travelled from Hull or York. Some come by train into Leeds then get a taxi to Holbeck or walk. The media, sex industry and punters forums have portrayed the zone as being a place where prostitution and kerb crawling are legal. So men who would normally not buy sex on the streets of their own city feel that it’s acceptable to come to Holbeck due to it being “permitted” here.
Due to the zone being a “national attraction” any exit strategy needs to be communicated nationally as well as locally, with clear consequences set out for male offenders. Leeds must become a city where traffickers, pimps and drug dealers can’t profit from the sale of vulnerable women on the streets.
We’d like to thank all those who have helped and supported us during this four year battle.
The Listening Well Report by Voice of Holbeck reflected residents’ views and experiences and showed how unsafe residents and their children had become. Yet, as a result of Voice of Holbeck showing it to councillors prior to a debate on the MA in Nov 2020, LCC have refused to talk to us for several months. We urge LCC to return to dealing with Voice of Holbeck, Save Our Eyes and other organisations who care about the local community and the women trapped in street prostitution.
Local politicians who have assisted the residents’ campaigns include Cllrs Amanda Carter, Barry Anderson, Sarah Field and Matt Robinson. We remain grateful for their support during this long and tiring campaign.
Many thanks to Jalna Hanmer, Rebecca Mott, Anna Djinn, Alan Caton, Belstaffie, Julie Bindel and others who have helped us understand the realities of prostitution, kerbcrawling and the mindset of the entitled men who drive the trade. We want to see women freed from their suffering, at the same time residents’ lives will be improved too.
We remain willing to work with LCC to improve life in Holbeck for all residents.
The Voice of Holbeck group & Save Our Eyes committee
15th June 2021
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