Police sweeten lot of ladies of the night after cage furore

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 June, 2005, 12:00am

If you are a fallen lady from the north, now may be the best time to get arrested.

After the furore over the 13-hour detention of 40 suspected mainland prostitutes in an outdoor steel cage at a police station in full view of the public last week, 'Auschwitz' and 'Nazi' have been among epithets thrown at the force by critics and angry letter writers to newspapers.

To improve their image, anti-vice officers have reportedly been instructed to treat the women like human beings. They are to be held indoors, and in addition to clean water, hot tea with milk and sugar may be provided if they are expected to be detained for more than a few hours.

Actually, if the girls really want to assert their rights, they could demand the opportunity to order decent takeout food. You may recall the famous scene in the blockbuster Infernal Affairs in which the big brother ordered a 10-course dinner while under detention. This raised the curiosity of the public and police have subsequently confirmed that suspects may indeed make special meal orders, provided they can give a good excuse.