Beggars and sex workers crackdown

The use of antisocial behaviour orders looks set to rise after a
Manchester man become the first person to receive an ASBO for being
convicted of begging and a Scottish Council decided to use them to
ban sex workers from residential areas.

Last week, a two-year ASBO was granted to Greater Manchester Police
and Manchester Council after Andrew Manion pleaded guilty to
begging offences at Manchester City Magistrates Court. ASBOs have
previously been used in the city against unconvicted aggressive

At the same time, Edinburgh Council voted last week to use
exclusion orders as a condition of ASBOs in an effort to tackle
prostitution in the Leith area of the city. It marks the end of
Edinburgh’s tolerant approach to sex workers. Lothian and Borders
Police have backed the decision and will approve orders pursued by
the council.

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