GP backs red-light plan
Dr Suraj Sharma is supporting plans to set up Britain's first licensed red-light district in Liverpool in an effort to curb spiralling sexually transmitted infections.
Recent statistics showed a doubling of STIs among teenagers between 1995 and 2002 with north-west England registering big rises in gonorrhoea, genital warts, syphilis, chlamydia and herpes.
Dr Suraj Sharma, a GP and local councillor, said deprived areas were worst hit. 'In these areas, the children have no place to go to entertain themselves – we should not blame them, we should protect them. Young girls aged 14 to 16 can end up in prostitution to feed themselves or feed a drug problem,' he said.