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Crimes against sex workers added to hate crime policy
North Yorkshire Police has adopted crimes against sex workers into its official policy for tackling and dealing with hate crime.
Hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on five protected characteristics; Disability, Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Transgender.
North Yorkshire Police also adopted Misogyny under its hate crime policy in 2017.
In 2006, police in Merseyside recognised sex workers were a vulnerable group of people they wanted to protect and they declared crimes against sex workers to be hate crimes. This is known as the ‘Merseyside model’.
North Yorkshire Police is now following the Merseyside model to protect sex workers and encourage them to report anything that can be classed as a hate crime or hate incident. An investigation into the incident will determine whether a crime has been committed and will establish whether there is enough evidence to bring a prosecution.
North Yorkshire Police fully supports the work of National Ugly Mugs (NUM), a national charity which aims to end violence against sex workers. NUM takes reports from sex workers, support projects and police and produces warnings to alert sex workers to potentially dangerous individuals and provides support to sex workers to enhance their safety and wellbeing. More information and contact details can be found at https://uglymugs.org
Victims of hate crime can also find more information and advice on the True Vision website at http://www.report-it.org.uk/home