Check out the Tower Hamlets Residents Solidarity Campaign, a genuine, grass-roots campaign aiming to end the criminalisation of women involved in street-based prostitution in their area, while recognising the real source of the problem – male demand, drug addiction, and a lack of exit services for the women involved in prostitution.
The Tower Hamlets Residents Solidarity Campaign was set up by a group of Tower Hamlets residents in March 2012 in support of women involved in street-based prostitution in the borough, who are being increasingly targeted in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics.
Since the beginning of 2012, the police in Tower Hamlets have been targeting women involved in street-based prostitution with arrests, displacement and threats of ASBOs in an effort to ‘clean up’ the streets for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the first 3 months of the year, the number of arrests have increased exponentially on the number of arrests throughout 2011. We are told that this is on the basis of residents’ complaints, so as residents, we felt it was important to speak out.
We ask other Tower Hamlets residents to stand in solidarity with these women. We call on the police and the council to stop this victimisation and instead to focus on those who buy sex (kerb-crawlers), those who perpetrate violence against women and those who exploit them (abusive partners and drug dealers).