I'm still failing to see the crime though. If I was to drive down a road 10 times because I want to I can that is not a crime even if there are prostitutes on that road all I am doing is driving down it.
I'm not being awkward honest! and I am taking on board what you are saying Berks Bloke I'm just confused by the laws of the sex industry sometimes.
It seems as though the laws that are in place not just for streetwalking but the sex industry as a whole are there to allow it to happen on a minor scale but as soon as it starts to grow into a larger business the laws kick in and things get taken down.
You would only be committing an offence if you stopped to speak to a WG, thats why the police use undercover policewomen posing as WGs. If it were an offence just to drive around a known RLD as many times as you wanted they wouldnt need to do this, as CCTV and the police in the area just seeing you would be enough to arrest you.
The letters they could send are designed to scare people off, embarrass them, and if the wife reads the letter all the better from the police point of view. The police could also pull a guy over for an unofficial chat. This chat will scare at least some guys off.
With the laws around the street scene and brothels, both illegal already it comes down to the attitude of the top cops in any given area. They make a conscious decision whether to have a no tolerance area or be tolerant. So having laws is one thing, actually enforcing them can be at the discretion of the police. This tolerance or no tolerance area could change overnight at any time though, perhaps a new top cop is a moralist for example. And with Police Commissioners being elected i would imagine more clampdowns will happen if they are lobbied to do so, say by the anti-prostitution lobby.
However, this discretion is very unlikely to help someone charged with kerbcrawling or running/owning a brothel in court, as the judge is only concerned in most cases i have heard about that an offence was committed. Some brothel owners have said in court that the police knew for years that they were running a brothel and had visited many times in that time. The judge just convicted them and this non enforcement of the law by the police on various ocassions previously is swept under the legal carpet.
The positive to this difference between what the law says and how the police choose to enforce it is us punters who use brothels in areas of tolerance benefit from being able to of course.
If the will was their the street scene which the police know the where, when, why and sometimes who could be virtually eradicated, although it might just start up in another area obviously. And brothels could very easily all be closed. In reality to some top cops knowing where a RLD and/or Brothel is and being able to easily pull kerbcrawlers and/or close brothels when they choose to is a good situation to be in.
And finally there is now POCA where a police force can financially benefit from the money and assets seized from a brothel. A top cop or Police Commissioner could view POCA as a great way to bring money in. Simply allow brothels to operate for a while, make money and raid.