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Malthouse has the "poor girls" behind the numbers at heart and blocking the booking lines is intended to cut off cash to the pimps and traffikers, particularly in the build up to 2012 when an upsurge in the demand for prostitution is expected to accompany Olympic audiences. We're not sure this will help the "poor girls" at all, driving them to the better organised, bigger and more frightening pimps or pushing them out of business altogether and onto the streets. Good news then that it's not only the mobile phone operators invited to his meeting at City Hall this October. The Met and women's organisations from across the capital will also be there to ensure some joined up thinking.
Incidentally, Mr Malthouse apparently said "If you are an American tourist and if you walk into a telephone box you would think it was a sex shop." We'd like to hear from any American tourists who've made this mistake please.