TWO men in their seventies have been charged following a police blitz on street prostitution in Highgate.
The crackdown has led to 13 arrests, including those of a 77- and a 72-year-old man. The ages of men charged ranged from 20 to 77, from as far-flung as Clarkson, Karrinyup and Hillarys.
The dragnet included two female prostitutes, arrested for soliciting.
Street prostitution in and around Stirling Street has become so rife Vincent city council and WA police collaborated on an action plan earlier this year.
Mayor Alannah MacTiernan says she’s not surprised allegedly randy pensioners were pinched.
“The initial data received from the police at the start of the year revealed that a lot of older men, some in their 70s, were going to Highgate to find street prostitutes,” she told the Voice.
“I’m glad that following our lead—with extra ranger patrols—the police have stepped up to the plate and achieved some success.
“In terms of a long-term solution, we wold still like to be able to publicly name men convicted of paying for street-prostitution in Highgate—it would be an effective deterrent.”
Vincent is so fed up with street prostitution plaguing Highgate it wants to “name and shame” offenders, but the police are refusing to get involved.
Nine of the charged men will appear in the Perth magistrates court on June 26.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK