Vice Squad: Episode 2

Thursday 8th October 9.00pm

This gripping new documentary series follows the work of the Metropolitan Police Vice Unit. This week, the officers of the vice squad are on red alert when they hear rumours of an underage girl working in a London brothel. PC ‘Big Jim’ Sollars, the eyes and ears of the vice squad in Soho, explains the nature of his work. And two kerb crawlers are caught red-handed when they ask an undercover police woman for sex.

Prostitution, extortion, paedophilia, extreme pornography and kerb crawling are everyday facts of life for the hardened men and women of CO-14 – the Metropolitan Police Vice Unit. With exclusive access guaranteed, this action-packed series tells the previously untold story of life on the front line of a darker, seedier London, where every perversion is available at a price.

The officers of this dynamic and elite unit have a simple brief – to catch the purveyors and customers of London’s sex and drugs trade. The duties of a vice squad officer vary according to the target. Their methods range from walking sleazy backstreets dressed as prostitutes to posing as children in internet chat rooms in a bid to ensnare paedophiles.

One team of officers tackles the shops that sell under-the-counter extreme pornography, while another reactive arm of the unit is on call 24 hours a day to crack down on that other vice – alcohol and the public disorder that comes with it.

By day, these same officers may be rescuing women from the suburban brothels of Eastern European sex-slave smugglers, or helping runaways forced to work in prostitution. They also carry out checks on the welfare of sex workers in the heart of Soho.

This week, police respond to reports of underage prostitution in a brothel. The vice squad’s top man in Soho, PC Sollars, gives a fascinating insight into his work. And a pair of kerb crawlers fall straight into the squad’s trap when they inadvertently approach some undercover officers.

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