Sex bus not welcome on streets of East Devon

‘Not in our town,’ say Honiton residents.

The prospect of a sex bus visiting East Devon has set pulses racing in Honiton.

But residents are far from turned on by the idea.

Many feel the arrival of a touring brothel would not be well received, especially in Honiton, and should stay where it is.

Prostitutes Roxy, 25, and Ronnie, 27, say the district’s elderly population won’t put them off - although police have vowed to put the brakes on their passion wagon.

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary has said any reports of soliciting in a public place will be investigated and dealt with appropriately.

Sarah Wicks, 32, said: “It would be so much cleaner and safer if something like a sex bus was legalised.

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“If we had properly run brothels, there would be no women on the street and there would also be access to medical care.

“The trouble is that prostitution is everywhere in the country.

“It doesn’t matter if they are hanging out on the street or on a bus, it would be better legalised.

“It is not my sort of career, but each to their own.”

Anne Fyne, 75, of Honiton, said: “I don’t think a brothel bus would be well received in places like Honiton, but I could be wrong. It is a bizarre idea.

“It would upset more people and I don’t think people would generally welcome it. Honiton is a very traditional town.

“I hope the activity would not be so vigorous as to overturn the bus.

“Prostitution is not something that is going to go away and it should be dealt with in an open and helpful way. It would be safer if it was legalised.”

Barbara Phillips, 73, of Honiton, said: “I think a brothel bus is a disgusting idea - I am just gobsmacked.

“It is not the right sort of thing to go anywhere.

“It should stay where it is.”

Elizabeth Forrester, 51, of Dunkeswell, said: “No, I wouldn’t want a brothel bus coming to the area. I don’t think anyone else would, either.

“I wouldn’t want it where I live.

“I don’t agree with it.”

Emma Burge, 20, of Honiton, said: “A brothel bus is not the right thing for Honiton.”

Her friend, Maria Manvill, 20, of Honiton, added: “It is just not ‘Honiton’ and I don’t really like the sound of it. It should stay where it is.”