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A trafficker, Anastassios Papas, in the Oxford area has been convicted of sex trafficking offences. He is due to sentenced on January 21st. (If they can find him). What the BBC story fails to mention, is he was caught because of a concerned man who called the police.
A quote from the Oxford Times from the 53 year old client.
Last night the 53-year-old customer, whose tip-off sparked the police enquiry said: “I found their details online and, after seeing pictures of women on the website, called them up.
“I couldn’t’ believe it when I saw the girl they sent around. She must have been 13 years old at most.
“There’s no way at all you could have mistaken her for an adult. It made me feel sick.
“I thought about what I should do and I realised I had no other option but to call the police.”
The customer, who lives in Oxford and cannot be named for legal reasons, added: “What they did is disgusting.
“I know I use prostitutes and that’s something that most men and women will find uncomfortable.
“But the trafficking of women, and especially children, is morally deplorable.”
This man came forward and reported his concerns to the police and gave evidence at the court hearing. Imagine what would have happened in countries like Sweden and America where the purchase of sex is a crime. I don’t believe many clients in those countries where they are targetted as criminals would have reported this under age trafficking crime to the police even anonymously. This client thankfully had the opportunity to report the crime, and give evidence without fear of prosecution.
Further criminalisation of the sex industry would not have helped the victim of this crime. In case you are wondering, the traffickers was arrested in January, before the new legislation criminalising the ‘promise to pay for sexual services from someone coerced’. This client would now potentially be breaking the law, and have less incentive to report the trafficking to the police.