Jack the Ripper copycat murders spark call for sex worker protection
Feb 1, 2014 — "Brown was jailed for life for Bonnie and Xiao’s murder in 2008. During his trial the prosecution told the Old Bailey that the women were targeted because they “both lived on the edge of society and were soft targets for the killer, who thought that neither woman would be missed”.
It is this invisibility that makes sex workers particularly vulnerable to violent crime. But campaigners believe a novel policing method adopted in Liverpool might be a solution. In 2006, following a series of murders of prostitutes, Merseyside police decided to change the way they interacted with sex workers.
They appointed intermediaries not directly employed by the police to help sex workers report violent customers; they avoided making unnecessary arrests for soliciting; and they ordered officers to deal with any violent crime against a sex worker as a hate crime."