Crime reporter Pauline Upson was confronted by a sex worker as she reported on muggings and sexual assaults.
Upson was on her way to a police station in Highpoint, East Sussex to report on a sexual assault.
“Where’s the police car gone?” she asked one of the women, as she picked up the newspaper she was reading out of her bag.
“I think they’ve left me on the street now,” the sex worker said, clutching the paper and putting it in the corner of her glass-topped chair.
“Anyway, this newsagent gave me the newspaper again, as you can see. Did you want anything?”
“No, thanks,” the woman said.
Upson told the woman she had ‘coupled’ with police when she arrived and that she had not been on the street when she was confronted by her.
“Don’t tell me you coupled with the police. You coupled with an average Joes,” the woman shot back.
“Uh-huh. I read about it here,” Upson said.
“This is not an average Joes story. I don’t feel like it is. No, give me money and I’ll you tell me what happened,” the woman said.
Upson, a reporter with The News Shopper newspaper, apologised and asked the woman how much money she wanted
“Ah, yeah, let me go to the cash machine,” she said.
The woman checked out the cash machine and told her there was no money.
“‘No, don’t keep on asking, I don’t have the cash. Just give me money, that’s all, go and eat. Enjoy yourself,'” the woman responded.
Upson tried to argue that the News Shopper was for all readers, not just women and girls, but the woman said no.
“You don’t have my money. I want my money,” the woman said.
“No, I don’t want your money.
“Alright,” the woman said.
The confrontation was filmed and streamed live by Upson.