Prostitute will receive support, not punishment
A PROSTITUTE will receive help to get out of the vice trade, becoming the first person in Derbyshire to be made the subject of an Engagement and Support Order.
The orders became law in 2010 and give the courts an alternative to punishing prostitutes by way of a fine for the offence of loitering or soliciting.
The 24-year-old woman, caught soliciting in Derby, will be required to attend three meetings with staff from the independent charity Women's Work, which will seek to help her find a way out of prostitution.
Pear Tree's safer neighbourhood policing team sought the order, which was granted by Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court.
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PC Michael Donegan, from the team, said: "We work closely with other agencies to try to tackle prostitution and kerb crawling in Normanton and Pear Tree but we found that, in some cases, the women would receive a fine and then go on to reoffend.
"This particular woman had previously received cautions for soliciting but she was not able to get out of the trade herself.
"We have now taken a new approach to try and help this woman get off the streets for good. If she later reoffends then she will be brought back before the court for further action."