City's prostitution zone scrapped The zone was deed to protect prostitutes from violence A controversial prostitution tolerance zone in Aberdeen has been scrapped because it is not compatible with tough new kerb-crawling laws.
The zone, which was based around the city's harbour, esdorts police turn a blind eye to prostitutes and their clients. However, Grampian Police said that from Monday anyone soliciting prostitutes in the area would face arrest.
Supporters of the Street Prostitute Management Zone have called for an alternative scheme to be put in place. About prostitutes had nortthern using the zone since it was introduced in July Although police carried out regular patrols in the area, they were focused on protecting prostitutes from violence.
The new law will criminalise anyone caught soliciting prostitutes in any public place. In the past, it was the prostitutes alone who risked northetn.
A police spokesman said: "In light of the new legislation, it was decided the tolerance zone was not legally sustainable and had run its course. Individuals may also be reported to the fiscal.
The force's street liaison officer will continue to work in the harbour area and offer advice to prostitutes and support groups. The police said it was "difficult to gauge" how much of a deterrent the new legislation would have on those who purchase sex, but did not believe the challenges involved in enforcing the new offence were eecorts.
He said: "It has been beneficial to the sex workers themselves to know there is an area where they are fairly safe and in some respects it was a refuge where violent or dangerous people would tend to avoid, so it has been a success.