Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council's executive member for Safer Leeds, called the death of Miss Pionko a "tragedy" but insisted a managed area was needed to protect sex workers. Under the scheme sex workers are allowed to ply their zone in the designated part of the Holbeck area of the city between 7pm and 7am, but council chiefs are looking at extending the hours women can work.
Sex work remains - as last month proved - an extremely dangerous and fraught occupation. But it's incumbent on us to make it as safe as possible.
Sex, Drugs & Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone is a thirteen-part documentary series broadcast on BBC Three from to The series centres around. An uncompromising look at the lives of sex workers in the Holbeck area of Leeds filmed over 12 months. Those buying or selling sex in Holbeck are not arrested. See all episodes from Sex, Drugs & Murder.
The managed red-light district, thought to be the first of its kind in the country, was set up in October The zone was set up after research found out that police action against sex workers was failing to reduce levels of prostitution. The scheme - which is being considered by other local authorities - allows women to work in certain areas without fear of arrest within designated hours as long as they abide by certain rules.
Superintendent Sam Millar, who heads the Safer Leeds community safety partnership, said: Life in the Red Light Zone". Retrieved from " https: Views Read Edit View history.
This page was last edited on 10 July , at Purity Mwende, a sex worker, says they also risk contracting sexually transmitted diseases. On Thursday, April 19, Nation experienced first-hand as four police officers accompanying city council askaris drove along the streets, arresting sex workers and bundling them into a car.
The vehicle was eventually parked at the intersection of Yatta Road and Racecourse Road. One of the sex workers, as we later came to know, called Amara Atieno, 23, who said she was a student at the University of Nairobi, was thrown out of the van with blows and kicks. The law enforcement officers claimed she had been rude to them.
Today, I have not had any client and so I could not raise that amount. When I told them, they pushed me out of the car.
Recently, a member of the Finnish Parliament, Anna Kontula launched a security application called the Artemis Umbrella meant to help sex workers to alert their friends whenever they are in danger or distress. One person found this helpful. Here, working girls have the chance to be their own bosses and earn for themselves, often free of the pimps that are the dominant feature of prostitution in many other parts of the world. Now in death and without make-up, all the ugly marks of her suffering on her face and hands were exposed for the world to see. Only her thighs, which were barely covered by her off-shoulder ribbed pink dress, seemed to have survived the wear and tear. Life in the Red Light Zone —.
They have even taken my handbag which contains my identity card, my clothes and other things. I am a student and I just have to do this because I have no money. She added that her father died seven years ago, when she was still in high school.
Amara said she has a two-year-old daughter, and that she also has to provide for her two brothers and sister. Her daughter, she said, is a product of a man who had promised to marry her, and get her off the streets.
I have nothing else to do. I do not like what I am doing.
There are so many dangers. I have heard about sex workers who have been killed.