Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mitzi Poesener. Mitzi Poesener is the pseudonym of a British sex worker, writer, and activist, living and working in London.
It’s been six days since the raids on sex workers in Soho, and there is still rampant speculation about the real motives behind the actions. The operation (code named Demontere) was the result of 18 months worth of investigations, and involved 200 ofﬁcers in riot vans supported by sniffer dogs and a helicopter.
It has been reported that this is Westminster council’s biggest operation in years. For such a large operation it is interesting to note that only 22 people have been arrested. Other sex workers have been sent, without charges, to detention centers run by UKBA, despite apparently stating they have not been trafﬁcked or made to work against their will.
There was a strong media presence on the raids, with journalists and photographers from all the main media outlets being invited to follow the police, and consequently publishing photos that have incensed the sex worker community. Read More