ACTION ALERT! Seventy year old woman facing trial for brothel keeping.

UPDATE 13.07.17:

i News article: A 70-year-old cleaner tried to save a man’s life – but police arrested her for ‘brothel-keeping’


UPDATE 10.07.17:

Thank you to everyone that has written in support of Ms Norman so far. We’ve had no response yet from the Crown Prosecution Service or the Home Secretary.

Please continue to write and if you’re on Twitter, help us up the ante by tweeting at the CPS @cpsuk  the Home Office @ukhomeoffice  and the Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP @AmberRuddHR to demand the prosecution is dropped!

Ms Norman said: A man died despite all that I did to try and save him. I’ve had no support for this trauma and instead I’m being prosecuted. My case is coming up in just over two weeks and I am distraught at the thought that I will have to go to court to fight this. I’m telling the truth but does that not matter anymore? I’m very grateful for the support from the ECP and from the people who are writing to demand that the prosecution is dropped.”


ACTION ALERT … ACTION ALERT … ACTION ALERT … ACTION ALERT

03.07.2017

A 70-year-old woman is facing trial for brothel keeping. She is due to appear at Poole Magistrates Court 25 July. Please see below how you can write to the Crown Prosecution Service and the Home Secretary to protest.

Ms C Norman worked as a cleaner for two days a week at Bunnies Ranch massage parlour. She was not involved in running the premises and only came to the police attention because she went to the aid of a client who collapsed.

On 19 May 2016 Ms Norman was at work when the client collapsed in the reception room. Everyone else at the premises left because they were scared of being arrested. Ms Norman stayed and called the police and ambulance and then did CPR on the man until the paramedics arrived. Sadly, despite their best efforts the man died. Instead of being praised for trying to save a life Ms Norman was arrested and charged with assisting in the running of a brothel.

Ms Norman lives on a pension. She didn’t hold keys, pay rent, utility bills or advertising, or have anything to do with the running of the premises. Women who worked at the premises are frightened to come to court to give evidence on Ms Norman’s behalf because of fear of prosecution and exposure. The premises is well known to the community police officer and the local working women’s project, both of whom could confirm that Ms Norman is not the manager. The police were malicious towards Ms Norman when she was interviewed telling her that they knew she was being set up and claiming not to know who ran the premise, even though the premises are still open!

With the majority of the public believing that sex work should be decriminalised, this prosecution cannot be claimed to be in the “public interest”. It undermines sex worker’s safety — what sex worker in Dorset is going to risk reporting rape or other violence knowing that by bringing themselves to the attention of the police they could be prosecuted.

Please write to the Crown Prosecution Service to demand that the prosecution be dropped and protest to the Home Secretary at the police squandering resources by taking action against Ms Norman.

If thousands of people write to protest we can make our voices heard.

Thank you for your support.

Cari Mitchell
English Collective of Prostitutes


Please write to:

Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions
Crown Prosecution Service
Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge Road
Southwark, London SE1 9HS
Tel: 020 3357 1898,
Email: CPSPrivateoffice@cps.gsi.gov.uk
alisonm.saunders@cps.gsi.gov.uk

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 7229, Fax: 020 7219 6545
Email: amber.rudd.mp@parliament.uk

Please send a copy to the English Collective of Prostitutes: ecp@prostitutescollective.net

and a copy to Ms Norman’s MP:

Robert Syms MP
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Email: symsmp.office@parliament.uk

If you write to Robert Syms MP directly bear in mind that he voted against gay marriage, for increasing student tuition fees, for benefit cuts, for military action. . . On the other hand, he thinks the Conservatives need to do more to attract younger metropolitan voters – prosecuting Ms Norman won’t help with that.


Dear

Re Ms C Norman
case number:  55CH0277116

I am writing to ask that the prosecution of Ms Norman for assisting in the management of a brothel be dropped.

Ms Norman was working as a cleaner in the flat and was not involved in managing the premises in any way. She only came to the attention of the police because she tried to save the life of a man who collapsed in the reception room.

[Please say something about why you are writing.]

Prosecuting Ms Norman undermines safety for all sex workers. Sex workers will be deterred from reporting rape and other violence for fear of arrest. Prosecuting Ms Norman is not in the public interest and I ask that you drop the case against her immediately.

Sincerely,