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Finnish Police increased clamp down on growing street prostitution after a period of low activities

Monday, 25 April 2011
Police in Helsinki have increased activities in the area of checking street prostitution after a long period of break in which the business was almost eradicated from the streets.

Sexual services are offered widely in parts of the inner city Helsinki, and residents and businesses in the area are worried about safety issues. The business is vibrant in the areas around Eerikinkadulla  and  Mannerheimintien in Helsinki, the police said. 

After a raid in March, the police have developed a new action plan. Under it, all police patrols in the city centre of Helsinki will be carried out with one aim - keep the street prostitution free.

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During the past month, police removed a number of prostitutes from the streets, arrested people who were illegal immigrants in the country and dished out a large number of fines to people promoting the trade.

The monitoring will now be extended to some restaurants in the centre of the city which is believed to have prostitutes and sexual services as part of their menu.

The police will use their intelligences to intervene both in situations where sex is bought and sold on the street and restaurants. The penalty is a fine of €50 to the person paying for the services. More fines will follow the nature of the crime for example if people are pimping or distributing or if say the restaurant is a sale centre.

Inspector Jussi Huhtela told the Finnish news broadcaster, Yle that there are dozens of women in Helsinki who sell sex on the streets and restaurants. Some are Finnish women, but most come from abroad, including Russia, Estonia, Nigeria, Uganda and Iraq.

“Thanks to police's apparent effort, prostitution is declining, "said Jussi Huhtela to Yle.
By Scancomark.se Team


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