John James, the managing director of Soho Estates faced the loud-hailer wielding women outside the firm’s offices, assuring them that he “had no problem with this type of work” but had no choice but to inform the leaseholder of the flats that they could lose their lease if they were to allow “immoral activities”, after Soho Estates was issued with an enforcement notice by police.
“I have no angst with these girls, I was surprised last week by an enforcement notice from the police and we have to take that seriously,” he told the Guardian. Asked what he thought of the police action he said: “I don’t understand it, I really don’t – it is part of Soho. Police are putting us in the firing line and turning us into the villains.”
A walk up flat (one working girl, one maid) is not illegal. Yet Plod is raiding them:
A 52-year-old maid from the evicted flat in Romily street, who herself worked as a sex worker before becoming a maid, said: “The police have completely changed, they’ve dragged customers naked out of bed, searched the flat – the girls are scared, they are not criminals. As far as I have understood one girl and one maid is not illegal, it’s not a brothel.”
Someone really needs to have a word.
Unfortunately, I fear that what is happening here is that someone has already had a word. “These people may be doing something legal but I don’t like it so oppress them”.
We need to find that person, who had that word, then hang them. For, and this is important, we are a country that believes in the rule of law. A society founded on that very idea. And if that law says that a bird can fuck for money then that’s exactly what she can do without the rozzers bearing down on her and her punters. Whatever the fuck the prodnoses think about it.