Priest’s warn­ing over brothel ac­tion

The Church of England - - NEWS -

AN ANGLI­CAN PRIEST, the Rev Si­mon Buck­ley, who is Vicar of St Anne’s, Soho, is at the cen­tre of a dis­pute in­volv­ing al­le­ga­tions that the po­lice used heavy-handed tac­tics in clos­ing down broth­els at the heart of Lon­don’s red light district.

Fr Buck­ley, who is well known for his work as a pup­peteer and as a con­sul­tant on pup­petry, has sent a re­port to the Bishop of Lon­don about raids in Soho.

Many people ar­gue that if pros­ti­tutes work by them­selves they are more likely to be sub­ject to at­tack. Last week a sex worker who op­er­ated from her flat alone in the West End of Lon­don was beaten to death. She is the 142nd sex worker to have been killed in the last 24 years.

Sell­ing sex for money is not an of­fence but the po­lice can close broth­els if they think that women work­ing there are be­ing con­trolled by some­one else or if il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties are tak­ing place.

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