QotD: “Man ‘tried to buy a BABY for an hour’ in Holbeck sex zone”

A woman has recalled the moment she was offered money by a man to ‘have her baby for an hour’ in the Holbeck sex zone – known as the country’s first legalised ‘red light district’.

The 47-year-old was carrying her four-month old grandchild in a pram in the area before the man reportedly said ‘Give me an hour with it and I will bring it back’, as reported in the Daily Mail.

The zone, known officially as the Managed Approach, allows prostitutes to operate in the area between 8pm and 6am, but has been heavily criticised by local residents who insist the scheme is neither effective nor managed properly.

And now the Save Our Eyes campaign group has shed light on a number of incidents where children have been approached by men looking for sex.

In one account, a 13-year-old girl explains how she was asked ‘Are you working?’ when she was stood at a bus stop with her mum. The mum asked what he meant and he replied ‘Not you! I mean her. Is she working?’

She realised what he meant and replied ‘She’s only 13, she’s a child’.

The girl goes on to explain how she has seen men receiving sex on her way to school and taking drugs on the streets.

Other teenagers have also reported being approached and parents have had to explain to their small children about prostitutes.

Residents have protested a number of times in the area, and recently rallied their local MP to do something to put a stop to the zone.

On Wednesday (November 14) senior councillors will discuss the scheme after the local opposition submitted a white paper motion calling for proof that it works, or for it to be scrapped altogether.

Leeds Live

Remember, Leeds was declared a ‘success’ because ‘only’ one woman was murdered while prostituting.

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