A group of people have been removing sex workers’ calling cards from phone boxes as past of their probation.
Six community payback workers spent hours in the Westminster part of Edgware Road removing the cards as part of an operation to crackdown on prostitution and exploitation, particularly against migrant workers.
Up to teams of eight have been out twice a week between 6pm-and 9.30pm on Edgware Road and have so far racked up 2,000 hours of unpaid work around the area.
Community payback is essentially the replacement for community service, also more recently called community punishment.
Weekday evening sessions are scheduled to enable ex-offenders to gain employment and take care of parenting or caring responsibilities at weekends.
The collaboration with the police began when the Met approached Community Payback to talk about potential neighbourhood maintenance projects.
Westminster Council has now also joined the programme to suggest other projects around the area.