West Midlands Police have launched an operation to crack down on kerb crawlers in Birmingham.
Forces from Edgbaston and Ladywood have joined together to tackle the problem in the so-called 'Hagley Road corridor'.
Once questioned by police, kerb crawlers will be encouraged to go to a rehabilitation scheme to get them to realise that their behaviour is abusive. The hard hitting course costs each offender £250, with part of that fee going to community groups in the areas affected.
Under the new scheme, those cautioned three times will be taken to court. where engagement support orders will be considered.
The orders ensure the sex workers liaise with police, health, education and other groups in an attempt to turn their lives around.
If they turn down the offer of support then criminal anti-social behaviour orders (CRASBOs') will be considered, banning the sex worker from the area.
Inspector Jason Wathes, from Harborne, said: