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Boris wants phone companies to pull plug on call girls

PUBLISHED: 08:01 17 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 05 October 2010

BORIS Johnson wants phone companies to pull the plug on call girls using mobiles for their business. He is seeking an agreement between operators and police that would take mobile phone numbers out of use as soon as they are identified, to cut off a key source of loot for the gangs that run the brothels

By Mike Brooke

BORIS Johnson wants phone companies to pull the plug on call girls using mobiles for their business.

He is seeking an agreement between operators and police that would take mobile phone numbers out of use as soon as they are identified, to cut off a key source of loot for the gangs that run the brothels.

His Deputy Mayor for Policing Kit Malthouse has called on operators to work with the Mayor's office and police to help crack down on prostitution and human trafficking ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

PIMPS

"Nothing is more important to a pimp or trafficker than money," said Kit.

"They don't give a damn about the women and girls they abuse-only about the cash in their pocket.

"We want to cut their access to punters by ridding London of prostitute cards in telephone boxes."

GANGS

Criminal gangs who control prostitution advertise their 'services' using cards with mobile numbers placed in phone kiosks across central London.

Major sporting events are often linked to an upsurge in demand for prostitution, like the Olympics, which in turn fuels human trafficking.

Companies like Vodafone, Orange, O2, 3, Virgin and T-Mobile are being invited to a meeting at City Hall in October with the Metropolitan Police, Crown Prosecution Service, BT and women's organisations across London.

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