A 41-year-old man has become the last of thirty-two men to be sentenced for kerb crawling in an area of Slough as part of a policing operation carried out in February last year.
Yankuba Touray, of Barking Road, London, was sentenced at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 14 February. He was found guilty and fined £1,015.
All thirty-two men, including Touray, were arrested between 21 and 25 February 2011 and charged on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), with soliciting a person in a street or public place for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from them as a prostitute (contrary to section 51A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003).
Det Sgt, Will Halliday, of Thames Valley Police, said: “I am pleased with this latest sentencing, which not only concludes Op Chevron and gives it a successful conviction rate of 100 per cent, but helped to support the Chalvey neighbourhood policing team in tackling a community issue as part of an on-going multi-agency plan.
“In court, the magistrate praised the case and overall investigation, saying how well it had been put together. This praise should be directed towards the undercover female officers who were deployed in all weathers and freezing conditions while carrying out a very tough and dangerous role in a highly professional manner. Equally of note was the advice and support we received from the Crown Prosecution Service throughout Op Circle and Op Chevron.
“While Operation Circle (part I) and Operation Chevron (part II) may not have involved us dealing with the most complicated or heinous offences when compared to other serious crime types, the way in which these men behaved with the women involved had a detrimental effect on the lives of so many law-abiding citizens and residents who just wanted to go about their day-to-day lives in Slough.
“Slough police area will continue to run both overt and covert operations tackling prostitution and kerb crawlers. Let me make this abundantly clear, we will arrest you, you will be prosecuted and you will be convicted and left with a criminal record”.