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Prostitutes being taken to hotels is "rife" in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 04, 2014

Prostitutes are being taken to hotels in Gloucester

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Prostitutes are regularly being taken to hotels across Gloucester, according to police and hoteliers.

Officers visited hotels in the city issuing information and urging owners to say something if they see signs of a child being sexually exploited.

However, during the leaflet drop, it emerged that a number of hotels have been experiencing problems for years with people taking prostitutes to their establishments.

Steve Wood, manager at the Station Hotel, in Bruton Way, said: “I feel very strongly about tackling the problem.

“This particular venue had a bit of a reputation for it in the past, I understand, long before I arrived, but we do still have the occasional problem.

“We are very vigilant, but it is tricky. If an elderly gentlemen comes in with a woman who is very young, question marks are raised, but it’s difficult to know sometimes.

“We do what we can. One man last week wanted to use a room for a few hours, which we said no to, of course.

“Our booking system is on the internet and we make sure the card used for payment matches the address of the person, and we always ask for ID too.

“But that is pretty much all we can do, and it is a very tricky thing to stop.”

Another city centre hotelier, who didn’t wish to be named, added: “We have had a number of problems with prostitutes being brought back, it’s pretty obvious when it happens to be honest.

“We ask the staff to be very vigilant and we always alert other hotels when it happens.

“It is most certainly a problem and we support any efforts to stamp it out.”

A spokesman for Gloucestershire police said: “Specialist officers have now visited many hotels in the county to warn them of the signs to look out for when it comes to this issue.

“While we are pleased that hoteliers have a heightened awareness of the potential for this to happen, the number of incidents reported to us wouldn’t suggest the problem is rife.

“However, we would urge hotels to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to us.”

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  • Walker100b  |  January 05 2014, 10:03AM

    The act of purchasing sex for money is not a crime in the UK. Associated activities are however. These include Kerb crawling, running a brothel and living off immoral earnings. Payment for sex between consenting adults may be all well and good in many people's opinion. The difficulty comes when you examine whether the prostitute is truly consenting. There may be many and varied reasons why they are prostitutes. They may have been trafficked, they may have an addiction that they want to pay for. They may have been abused as a child and think this is the only way of making a living....and many other reasons that actually mean they are not doing it truly of their own free will.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  January 04 2014, 4:23PM

    Who cares, business is business. If a hotel charges say £80 for bed only, and the 'guests' check out after two hours, do you REALLY think they care? Of course when questioned by a reporter, they are going to say they discourage it, but it's not illegal, and wouldn't you rather it was done in private, than say in a car parked at a local beauty spot. I think people get high handed sometimes,

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  • taylke  |  January 04 2014, 2:30PM

    Hotels could make it much more difficult by asking for the names of all room occupants when the reservation is made. Make it clear that any attempt to take anybody else to the room would be a breach of contract and all persons involved would have to leave immediately and would still have to pay for the accommodation. If in any doubt they could then ask for ID.

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  • FreeRadical1  |  January 04 2014, 2:01PM

    Prostitutes take their clients to hotels. OMG! You'll be telling me next that bears defecate in the woods. The real problem is child exploitation, which is distinct from adult prostitution. Trust the Citizen to conflate the two issues.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 04 2014, 11:31AM

    I take it they are running the same story in the ECHO but in Cheltenham they have a number of brothels!

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  • NIGHTRIDER69  |  January 04 2014, 11:14AM

    whats wrong with it?? they are in a hotel!!! whats the difference in going out on an evening meeting someone in a bar or club and then taking them home or to a hotel?? i think prostitution laws in the country need to be relaxed what 2 consenting adults do in the privacy of closed doors is of no concern to anyone

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  • Apothegm_  |  January 04 2014, 11:05AM

    The obligatory disclaimer that the photograph was "posed by a model" is curiously absent. Is this because of the probably-now-obsolete meaning of the word "model"?

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  • nickthompson  |  January 04 2014, 10:44AM

    Get a room!

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  • JemmyWood  |  January 04 2014, 10:35AM

    How many of these hotels refused the business when they found out though?

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