The charity One25 offers sex workers in Bristol help through it's mobile van. Gill Nowland, from the charity says they touch base with women and then offer them a cup of tea, something to eat and help of getting out of the trade.
A former Bristol sex worker, who we have called 'Kay' tells ITV West Country about why she got into the sex trade and how much money sex workers realistically earn.
A former Bristol sex worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, talks to ITV West Country about the realities of Bristol's sex trade.
– A former Bristol sex worker, who wishes to remain anonymous
I don't think the problem will ever be fully eliminated. As long as there's men and as long as there's women, there will always be prostitution and a swap of money for sex.
Last year Avon & Somerset's dedicated Vice team caught 234 men kerb crawling. Of those:
- 150 were caught in Fishponds
- 113 received a conditional caution
- 70% were from Bristol, and 92% from Bristol or Bath
Officers estimate 22 women are out every night:
- 95% of the women are thought to have an addiction to class A drugs
- 80% are thought to be homeless
Police are cracking down on kerb crawling in parts of Bristol. It follows a series of complaints from residents. Prostitution has been a problem in Fishponds Road in Eastville for decades and now patrols are taking place to warn people off.
Crews are also going out regularly to clean up the area.