A prostitute went back to work in a notorious red light district just 30 minutes after giving birth, a Police Community Support Office has revealed.
Jacqui Fairbanks, has been helping the sex workers in Hull's Hessle Road for ten years and says there are currently around 40 of them working in the area at various times.
Many come from backgrounds where they have been abused physically and sexually while many of them are homeless and sleep on sofas.
Two Humberside Police officers speaking to sex workers on Hessle Road, in Hull's red light district
Humberside Police patrolling Hessle Road in a crackdown on prostitutes working the area
Mental health problems are common and there are problems of trafficking and coercion by pimps and boyfriends, explained the officer.
'One woman had a baby and, within half an hour, was back out on the streets. That's how desperate some of these women are,' she told the Hull Daily Mail.
'This isn't Pretty Woman, I'm afraid. Some rich punter isn't going to come along and sweep these women off their feet and live happily ever after.
'Our problem is that these women will not come and deal with us. Their self-esteem is so low that they enjoy the attention they receive and that is really sad.'
PCSO Fairbanks said the age ranged women in their late 20s or early 30s to a couple of women in their 60s though 'thankfully we don't have any young girls on the streets in Hull'.
When it comes to customers said : 'We have lads as young as 17 or 18 using these sex workers and the age range goes up to those in their 80s.
The officer said 'this isn't Pretty Woman, I'm afraid' and the women suffer at the hands of pimps. A