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Kerb crawler shame site faces axe

CHRIS THOMSON

FEBRUARY 11 UPDATE: MR GIORGI’S RECOMMENDATION WAS ROLLED SIX COUNCILLORS TO TWO TONIGHT, WITH ONLY COUNCILLORS JOSH TOPELBERG AND MATT BUCKELS VOTING TO END THE KERB CRAWL NAME AND SHAME SITE. THE KERB CRAWL NAME AND SHAME SITE WILL THEREFORE LIVE ON …

Less than eight months after it was launched to curb street prostitution in inner Perth, a council web page that names and shames kerb crawlers is set to bite the dust.

In the last few months of Alannah MacTiernan’s two-year reign as City of Vincent mayor, her advocacy for a clampdown on street prostitution in her home suburb of Highgate and the adjacent suburb of Perth played a big part in her ascending to become the federal member for Perth.

The city’s street prostitution convictions web page, concrete plans of which were revealed by oneperth.com.au in June last year, was a high profile part of the clampdown.

Since June, convicted kerb crawlers have been named and shamed for six months each on the web page. After six months the crawlers’ shame files are expunged from cyberspace.

Many Vincent locals – especially those from Stirling and Lincoln streets who long bore the brunt of kerb crawling – applauded an end to years of council dithering on the issue.

But the name and shame page has also caused angst among civil libertarians who claim the shame vilifies practitioners of the world’s oldest profession.

Now, with the names of only two kerb crawlers remaining on the web page, just one potential conviction in the pipeline, and Ms MacTiernan having moved onward and upward, council supremo John Giorgi has recommended that the naming and shaming be abolished.

Mr Giorgi says the number of complaints relating to prostitutes in Stirling Street has reduced to almost nil.

His recommendation will be debated by Vincent’s new mayor John Carey and the city’s councillors on Tuesday night.

Photo: Kay Chernush, Wikimedia Commons

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