Vice Squad: Episode 3

Thursday 15th October 9.00pm

This gripping new documentary series follows the work of the Metropolitan Police Vice Unit. This week, the unit investigates a number of illegal brothels in the capital, and two kerb crawlers are caught out when they proposition an undercover police woman.

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, the vice squad collects intelligence on illegal brothels operating throughout London, and checks that the women inside are not being forced to work against their will. Elsewhere, the unit meets a punter who thinks there is nothing wrong with using prostitutes on a regular basis.

Also this week, the cops hear the harrowing case of a young woman who was trafficked into the UK and forced to have sex with up to 30 men a day. And two more kerb crawlers are caught redhanded when they ask an undercover police woman for sex! It seems that one of them is less than happy about it…

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