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Life On Road Where Residents See People Having Sex In Street

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Life On Road Where Residents See People Having Sex In Street

People living on a residential street in Leeds are trying to put a stop to people having sex on the road.

Locals living on Pleasant Terrace, in the Holbeck area of Leeds, claim that sex workers have been visiting the street since a 'managed approach' - which permitted prostitution between certain hours on allocated streets - was scrapped in March 2020.

Alexandru Gatej lives on the street. Credit: MEN Media
Alexandru Gatej lives on the street. Credit: MEN Media

Campaign group - Save Our Eyes - successfully managed to remove the 'managed approach' but residents say that sex workers have returned and frequent the area 'all day and night'.

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Peter Saxon, otherwise known as Ebb, has lived on the street for more than 20 years and says that it's 'not very pleasant here'.

The 67-year-old went on to explain how he regularly finds condoms on the street 'filled with all the detritus' (nice) and has seen people having sex in cars directly outside his house.

The retired bookbinder is called for a return of the managed approach, saying: "I've actually seen sex outside the house, on the street, in a car, I've seen them doing it up against a wall, just about everywhere.

"We didn't get many prostitutes around here when the managed zone was on but these people campaigned to get rid of it and now the prostitutes are back here. Day and night. One woman got into a car here at 9am."

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He went on to add: "What annoyed me is these people [campaigners] don't even live around here. They all got a vote to remove the managed zone but all they were bothered about was the name of Holbeck being dragged through the mud as a red light area."

A spokesperson for Save Our Eyes said: "We are unaware of Pleasant Terrace being a 'hotspot' for sex industry activity."

Maria Osorio. Credit: MEN Media
Maria Osorio. Credit: MEN Media

Maria Osorio, 28, lives on neighbouring street Pleasant Place and claims that kerb crawlers (someone who drives round looking for sex workers) have propositioned her as she's walking home through Pleasant Terrace.

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The administration officer from Spain said: "Having sex workers around makes me feel a little bit uncomfortable at times.

"A few times the customers ask me if I am 'working'. I had to tell them that they're mistaken. At first, I didn't understand the question, my brain just kind of collapsed after a long day at the office."

Hotel porter, Alexandru Gatej, 37, has lived on Pleasant Terrace for five years and says the situation has not improved.

He explained: "This is not a good area. There's lots of prostitutes who come here, all the time you hear people coming here and arguing. They look like they use drugs and alcohol. It makes me worry about my wife, not me."

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Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police have been contacted for a comment.

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Topics: UK News, News, sex worker, Sex, UK

Rebecca Shepherd
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