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‘School girls aren’t genuinely being advertised for sex in Kilburn’ – police respond to bus stop calling card fears

PUBLISHED: 10:53 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:08 13 June 2018

A censored version of the calling card left in the Kilburn High Road bus stop.

A censored version of the calling card left in the Kilburn High Road bus stop.

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Police don’t believe school girls are “genuinely” being advertised for sex despite calling cards in Kilburn High Road saying they are.

Every day, bus stops in the high street are plastered in the cards offering the services of sex workers.

One commuter, who asked not to be named, has been on a mission to tear them all down for the last year on her way to work, but each day when she returns they are up again.

Earlier this month she spotted a different card, which proved to be the final straw for her.

It said: “School girl. All services. Hotel visits. No Rush. Discreet. Lux Appt.”

“I’ve been photographing these little notices at bus stops and phone booths for a year now and got nowhere,” she told the Times.

“I tear them down, then report them, and it’s the same phone numbers. But I don’t think police take me seriously.

“One morning I went to the bus stop and the notices have gone up again, but this time it’s for children. Usually it’s women.

“I went into a nearby shop and said to them: ‘If you see people putting these up call the police!’

“Someone is aiming to solicit the paedophiles of Kilburn. They are all along the high road.”

Sgt Mark Townsend, of Kilburn’s safer neighbourhood police team, said he understood the concern, but didn’t think there was a genuine issue with young girls being advertised for sex or abused.

He said: “Whenever the posters are seen they are removed and anyone seen putting up the posters may face arrest.

“When we receive information about brothels and the sex trade, we will take action with our partners to protect anyone who is being taken advantage of and prosecute those running them.

“Although the headline on some of these posters state ‘school girls’, and we understand this is alarming, there is no reason to believe underage girls are being genuinely advertised or abused.”

He added: “However, if anyone has any information relating to the sex trade, please contact police directly.”

To get in touch (with police) call 101 or tweet @MetCC.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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