Priest’s warning over brothel action
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.