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Prostitutes as young as 13 are working the streets in Swindon's town centre, the BBC has been told. Sex worker Glenice Cottrell, 46, talking in the Broadgreen area, said teenagers thought it was "easy money. The claim comes as Wiltshire Police scraps a scheme which helped get women off the street by offering support for drug and alcohol problems. The neighbourhood policing team in the town centre has now taken over dealing with the issue.
Ms Cottrell told the BBC: "Come here at the weekend and you'll get year-old girls to year-old girls out here. Police say the new initiative will take an "enforcement and support" approach. The "befriending" scheme was named Operation Dobbin.
Sgt Louis McCoy said: "We will be continuing the same format as on Operation Dobbin - there are going to be no radical overhauls or changes. The two cannot work separately, they have to work hand in hand. Through partnerships, the neighbourhood policing team will offer drug rehabilitation and access to sexual health nurses and homeless agencies with a focus on preventing women returning to the streets.
However, Sgt McCoy said that those women who refused to seek support and counselling with their problems would face arrest. The team will work with community leaders in Broadgreen.
Prostitution has been a problem in the area for many years. Chris Stickler, of Swindon's Community Safety Partnership, said: "Most street sex workers are working the streets to support their own or a partner's drug use.
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