Around midnight on Thursday, March 29, 2018 there was a knock on the door of Jack Williams' traditional terraced house in Bonymaen, a community of around 6,000 people which overlooks the city of Swansea. On the doorstep was Jonathan Donne, a 42-year-old heroin addict known as Jonny, who was freed from jail last year after serving 10 years for killing his girlfriend, Michelle Harkett. His new girlfriend Gemma Owen, 31, was hiding around the corner and Simon Cairns, 46, was hiding in the shadows, having driven them up to Bonymaen from the tough Brynmelyn housing estate where they lived. © Sputnik / Chris SummersJack Williams grew cannabis in the spare bedroom of this house in Bonymaen, near Swansea, and it cost him his life On Tuesday, October 30, Donne was convicted of Jack's murder at Swansea Crown Court while Owen and Cairns were acquitted of all charges. On Thursday, November 1, Donne was … [Read more...] about Murdered For Weed: Would Jack Williams be Alive if Cannabis Had Been Legalized?
Should prostitution be legalized
Prostitution should be legalised according to the people of North East Lincolnshire. Following Grimsby Live's articles highlighting the dangers and struggles faced by Grimsby's 'working girls' in the red light district, we polled residents of the town to find out whether or not they feel that prostitution should be legalised. 1,691 took part in the poll and 65 per cent of people said that they feel prostitution should be legalised. Currently in the UK prostitution is technically legal, however many of the acts associated with it such as soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel, pimping and pandering, are crimes. While a woman is allowed to work as a prostitute in private or as an on-call escort, it is illegal for them to do so on the streets. It is also an offence for someone to pay for sex with a prostitute who has been 'subjected to force', and clients can still be prosecuted even if they are unaware that this is the case. Further more the laws are … [Read more...] about Two thirds of NEL residents think prostitution should be legalised
A mum desperate to provide warmth and food for her children walks Grimsby's Red Light District for seven hours in the hope of earning just £20. Grimsby Live has spent the past few weeks talking to the town's prostitutes who are forced to sell their bodies for as little as £10. The women have faced abusive customers, beatings and even rape as they put themselves in danger so that they can earn enough money to fund, in some cases, a £100 a day heroin habit that has locked them in a vice grip. However it is not all of the women who claim to be struggling with a drug habit, as some say they are simply out there in order to provide food and shelter for their young children back home. We spoke with 'Bella' a 29 year-old Grimsby woman who says that she has been forced into life working the streets so that she is able to get food, heating and electricity for her three children who are at home "huddled under blankets". When we met Bella she had been walking up and down Orwell … [Read more...] about ‘I sell myself for £20 to feed my children and keep them warm’
Do you think that prostitution should be legalised in Great Britain? Grimsby Live have spent the past few weeks speaking with the prostitutes who work Grimsby's red light district, who have spoken of the dangers they face as they sell their bodies to complete strangers in order to feed their drug habits, and in some cases their families. The women have said how they have been raped, beaten and in some cases kidnapped and tortured by their customers, but still find the courage to head back out on the streets. Some have a £100 a day heroin habit, and charge their "punters" as little as £10 in desperate circumstances. While prostitution is technically legal in Great Britain, a number of related activities, including soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel, pimping and pandering, are crimes. Should the laws be relaxed? poll loading Should prostitution be legal? 1000+ VOTES SO FAR Yes No … [Read more...] about Should prostitution be made be legalised? Take our poll
Standing on a cold and dimly street corner in the back streets of Grimsby's industrial heartland, around 20 local women sell their bodies for as little as £10 so that they can fund their drug habits, keep a roof over their head and in some dire cases just feed their children. GrimsbyLive has spent the past few weeks speaking with prostitutes who have told us exactly what life is really like walking the streets of the town's red light district, where they risk assault, rape and even kidnap attempts. Stretching from Railway Street to Orwell Street, the red light district is a surprisingly busy network of back streets that comprises mainly of fish processing factories and taxi offices. But from 5pm onwards it is home to another type of industry, as the local prostitutes stake out their patch in an attempt to flag down their punters, offering sex for as little as just £10 to £15 in some desperate cases. They try and charge £40 if they are able to. There are a variety of … [Read more...] about Living under the red light: The life of Grimsby’s prostitutes