Redbridge, in east London, has become a magnet for vulnerable young women illegally trafficked by organised crooks, largely from Romania and other eastern European countries, who are then forced to sell their bodies on the streets and in “pop-up” brothels.
Parked vehicles with mattresses in the back have even been used as mobile brothels, police said.
The problem has become so bad, with men flocking to one street, where sex is openly sold, that police and council chiefs are trying to become the first in the country to issue on-the-spot £100 fines for kerb crawlers, to limit demand.
Police officers told a crime scrutiny meeting at Redbridge Town Hall they were currently “closing on average one brothel a week,” Ilfordrecorder.co.uk reports.
However, alternative premises soon spring up nearby, police said.
It also emerged nearly half of the customers are men flocking to Redbridge from other areas because of its now infamous reputation for sex workers.
Ilford Lane, Ilford, has become the epicentre for on-street prostitution, and the number of girls working the road ballooned after nationals from Romania were allowed to work unrestricted in the UK from 2014.
However, after a police blitz on the area, when more than 40 people were arrested and 41 cautions were issued, many of the young women have been moved into makeshift brothels which have sprung up all over the borough, often near tube…Read More