Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

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UK trafficking investigation

The fear of pimps

The Daily Mail, November 11 1993

There is a woman in Nottingham who worked on the streets of the red-light area for years before finally she stopped and settled down with her man. She had a baby. And as soon as that happened, she found she was short of money. She couldn't afford to buy clothes for the child and so, one night this summer, she went back out on to the streets. The man found out.

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Children for sale on the streets of UK cities

The Mail on Sunday magazine, November 21 1993

Scenes from a city. England, the autumn of 1993.  In a McDonald's hamburger bar, two boys sit at a table. Jamie is eleven; he is small and slim with blond hair, pale blue eyes and a face with the kind of impish innocence that makes old ladies want to pat him on the head. Luke is 13, chubby with pink puppy-fat cheeks and a chunky little body whose roundness is exaggerated by the padded red anorak...

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Death of an ordinary girl

The Guardian, May 14 1994

For most of her life, Natalie Pearman was a walking portrait of an ordinary girl. She lived with her four brothers and sisters and her cat called Lucy in a neat little council house on the edge of a peaceful village in Norfolk. She liked ballet and horses and watching Neighbours after tea, she was good at drawing and painting and she had the idea that when she grew up, she would like to go into...

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Poor People series 1 - the homeless man and the lost girl

The Guardian, August 27 1994

Bob Easton was half asleep the first time he saw her. He was lying in the doorway of the Vaudeville Theatre on the Strand, well wrapped up in his sleeping bag and his blankets, and on an ordinary night he would probably have been fast asleep by now. But it was Friday, the worst night of the week on the streets, when you're more likely than ever to get a kick in the ribs from some lager lover, so...

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Poor People series 2 - children who sell themselves

The Guardian, August 29 1994

West Yorkshire. September 1992. Police report that a quarter of the prostitutes who are arrested in their vice areas are aged 16 or under. They say the figures have soared in the previous 12 months. During 1991, less than four per cent of prostitutes they dealt with were under age.

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Poor People series 3 - the legendary Miss Popular

The Guardian, August 30 1994

She was a middle-class white woman with an elegant style and piles of blonde hair. Her husband was an insurance broker with a taste for the good things in life. They had two daughters, aged 14 and 9, and they lived together on the edge of a provincial city in a £250,000 house with two tall poplar trees and a brand new BMW parked in the drive. Often, in the evening, they would go off together to a...

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Pornography series 1 - the victims

The Guardian, November 26 1994

This is like walking down a very long corridor. At the beginning, it is brightly lit, as bold and brash as neon, but the further you penetrate, the dimmer it gets until you reach a point where it is so dark that it is only just possible to see and only just possible to believe what you are seeing.

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Poor Places series 4- the church

The Guardian, July 20 1995

The Anglican Cathedral of Liverpool is like a mountain. Its great brown bulk soars up over the life below and, high above the houses with the boards across their windows, beyond the sight of the shops with grids of steel across their glass, the summit of its spire is lost in the clouds of a grey English evening. It is the biggest Anglican church on the planet and, tonight, it will be full.

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A paedophile ring in Amsterdam

The Guardian, April 5 1997
with Melanie McFadeyan and Eamon O'Connor

It is an ordinary flat. The camera pans around the room catching sight of a bookshelf full of paperbacks, a desk which is untidy with letters and files, a couple of paintings on the wall, a chair or two, and then the doorway, the blank open doorway, and, as the camera waits, a man suddenly appears there. The only sound is the quiet crackle of the video tape.

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Child abuse on the streets of Bucharest

The Daily Mail, July 14 1997

There is a gypsy woman in Bucharest who spends several hours each night standing on the pavement of a residential street called Stirbei Voda, about five minutes drive from the city centre, selling a little something to the passers-by.

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Child prostitutes and poverty in Britain

The Daily Express, November 1 1997
Promoting the book 'Dark Heart'

It is one of the lingering images of Victorian poverty: the little waif in a ragged dress standing in the lamplight in the foggy darkness of a city street waiting for the rich man in his carriage to buy her favours.

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Crack cocaine and the middle-class addicts

The Daily Express, November 1 1997
Promoting the book 'Dark Heart'

I was sitting in a crack house not far from Kings Cross station in the middle of London. There was Vinnie the pimp, with his bare chest and his cigarette; a skinny blonde prostitute called Beverley who was so broke that she was using margerine for make-up; and Heather, a pick-pocket, who was about to go off to work in the big department stores in the West End.

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The child prostitutes on Prince Charles' doorstep

The Daily Express, July 19 1998

Last week, Prince Charles used the columns of The Sun to launch an appeal to help the child prostitutes of Nepal, nearly 5,000 miles away.

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Paedophile networks traffick young boys across Europe

Previously unpublished, October 1 1998
Researched on commission from the New Yorker.

It is easy to miss the truth. For example, you could stand in the middle of the Bahnhof Am Zoo in the centre of Berlin and imagine

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Paedophilia is easy 2: how a paedophile murder inquiry fell apart

The Guardian, November 27 2000

A year after Bristol police finally started to unravel the ring of paedophiles who had been abusing children in the city for up to twenty years, they came across an informant who opened up a new and alarming line of inquiry.

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Prohibition - a most destructive habit

Guardian blog, December 5 2006

(Pubished after a serial killer attacked prostitutes in Ipswich.)

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Murder is easy (if you kill the right people)

The Guardian, June 7 2008

When finally they caught him, it was a fluke. He had parked his lorry outside a football stadium in a small town in north-eastern Spain and he was waiting for dark to throw away the body of his latest victim. By sheer chance, a technician was installing a CCTV camera on the wall of a neighbouring factory and, while he was adjusting it to focus on the factory gate, the technician accidentally...

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