Sex Workers Rights

Man accused of murdering sex worker had history of violence against women 

A man charged with killing a London sex worker was accused earlier this year of assaulting at another sex worker, and was under a court order not to seek paid sexual services, According to the Free Press.

But London sex workers say they received no warning from police of a dangerous situation in the city, with someone potentially targeting them free on bail and under conditions not to seek their services.

“We were not given the heads up by the police,” says a representative of SafeSpace, a collective of sex workers and allies.

London police said they can’t comment on the issue because of a court-ordered publication ban on evidence.

Oluwatobi Boyede, 25, was charged last week with second-degree murder in the death of Josephine (Josie) Glenn, 26, whose remains were found in his family’s home in southeast London.

“Court documents show an alarming pattern of escalation that exemplifies the need to take assault charges seriously,” women’s advocate AnnaLise Trudell, manager of education at Anova, a London agency and shelter supporting abused women said. 

“It is just textbook escalation. Initial charges need to be taken seriously and any emergent patterns need to be seen.” Trudell added. 

 Boyede was charged in March with sexual assault, choking, forcible confinement and assault of a sex worker. He faces yet another assault charge dated Feb. 26, involving another woman. 

According to Trudell- “People often get a sense of confidence when they commit — quote unquote — lesser assaults. There is a pattern of taking it to the next level.”

Boyede appeared in court last week and reported to be calm and relaxed as he dealt charges in one of the cases unrelated to the murder of Glenn. His next appearance will be on Friday when he will appear for the second degree murder charge. 

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