As reported on the Guardian earlier, a scheme is being piloted in which sex workers will share intelligence with the police about violent customers.
It seems to have worked reasonably well in Australia, where violent attacks on sex workers were reduced. However, if it is to be successful here, the police need not merely to compile lists of violent attackers, but actually to prosecute them, no matter what the respective circumstances of the attacker and victim may be.
Women, all women, need to be taken seriously if they report an assault. It’s not enough to say after the event that an offender was known to the police or on a list. It needs to be dealt with seriously and efficiently at the time, and unless there is the will to do that, then this is just another meaningless database.