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Carlisle prostitutes sex site sparks political storm

A website which allows men to rate Cumbrian prostitutes is at the centre of a political row about whether the internet is fuelling demand for the sex trade.

The site lists around 18 prostitutes in the Carlisle area complete with mobile phone numbers with others listed around Cumbria including Keswick, Barrow, Kendal and the Lake District.

Postings go back several years with the most recent added last month.

The American-based service then allows men to write about their experiences with the prostitutes.

The Cumbrian “reviews” go into the most intimate details.

Many boast at being allowed to have sex without a condom and one young woman is criticised for appearing to be shy and refusing some requests.

Prices and locations are also listed with one man describing a liaison in Botchergate’s Ibis hotel and another detailing an encounter in a Lakes cottage.

Attention has been focused on the website since Harriet Harman used her speech at the Labour Party Conference last week to describe it as a “sinister development”.

She told delegates: ”There is now a website... where pimps put women on sale for sex and then men who’ve had sex with them put their comments online.

“It fuels the demand for prostitutes. It is the ultimate commodification of women and puts women at risk. It is truly degrading.”

The site is run from California so Ms Harman has called on governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to shut it down, adding: “If he doesn’t, I’ve got a message for Arnie: I’ll be back.”

Cumbria police are likely to review the information on the website.

Detective Superintendent Paul Carter said: “Prostitution isn’t a major problem in Cumbria, but in the rare instances that prostitution does occur, it often involves vulnerable people who are exploited for somebody else’s financial gain.

“Whenever situations like these are identified in Cumbria, we take swift, positive action and strive to provide those involved with the support they need to break out of the destructive cycle of prostitution and crime.”

Have your say

i beleive there are up to 20 or 25 independent escorts based at carlisle this is mostly legal as one escort in a house flat or hotel room is as long as there is no madam involved

Posted by daniel hadwin on 22 August 2013 at 22:46

Must be a classy lady for 2 alcopops.

Chilli or garlic sauce?

Posted by Jake on 18 October 2009 at 13:54

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