Picket against prostitution

2013-11-27 00:00

RESIDENTS, the Glenwood SAPS and the Bulwer Community Safety Forum have decided to take a stand against illegal prostitution, crime and grime in the residential area by hosting a night vigil and a picket.

Prostitution in Glenwood is getting out of hand with sex workers using the public parks to make “business transactions”, says Ben Madokwe, the Umbilo/Glenwood Community Policing Forum chairperson.

He said the practice of prostitution is illegal and wants the municipality to do something about it.

“There is only so much the community can do to fight this issue; what we need is for the municipality to come up with by-laws that protect residents,” said Madokwe.

The situation will persist until these prostitutes are actually charged for doing something that is illegal, he added.

“This will continue because no one has been made an example of. Some of the women are arrested and then let go; this says they are allowed to do whatever they want.”

The vigil, which takes place on Friday from 5 pm until 11 pm at Baxter Place, opposite Origin Night Club, will see groups of people picketing against prostitution.

Heather Rorick, chairperson of the Bulwer Community Safety Forum, said she hopes for a good turn-out at the vigil.

“We have decided to host the vigil in the evening as it is a convenient time for residents to be able to join. The more community members we have, the better the chance of our voices being heard,” she said.

“The community do not want this in the neighbourhood as it is a residential area. We have children playing in the park who are exposed to prostitutes who do their business there. All we want is for this illegal practice to be out of the suburb.”

Supporters are encouraged to take along torches, candles and placards to show their support for the cause.

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