Leeds sex worker zone to stay

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A ground-breaking “managed area” for street prostitution in Leeds has been made permanent after a 12-month pilot – despite the alleged murder of a sex worker.

The controversial scheme, which allows sex workers to ply their trade in a designated part of Holbeck from 7pm to 7am, will continue indefinitely.

City chiefs are considering how the scheme could be modified, including a recommendation that the hours women are allowed to work are extended.

The news comes less than three weeks after 21-year-old Daria Pionko was found with fatal injuries on Springwell Road, within the zone.

The managed area – thought to be the first of its kind in the country – was established in 2014 and is now being looked at by authorities elsewhere.

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