Prostitutes in the UK

Prostitutes in the UK

In the UK there are a number of different laws regarding prostitution. Engaging in sex for money is legal, however it is unlawful to solicit in public or engage in kerb crabbing, or own or run brothel. Many of the activities associated with prostitution are illegal, including pandering and pimping.

They are auctioned off

There is a growing issue of prostitution in the UK, with young women being tricked into working in brothels and then sold off to auctions once they get there. Police are urging men to report prostitution when they suspect a prostitute of working against her will.

In 2014 there were 244 possible victims from Nigeria. This was an increase of 31% over the previous year. The only country that had more potential victims was Albania. High class escorts is a serious crime in the UK and women are subjected to sexual abuse and physical abuse.


They are able to work independently

It is illegal for sexual workers to collaborate and they are therefore required to be working on their own. This poses a number of risks, and makes it difficult for them to follow basic security precautions. They must stay clear of isolated areas, share information about potentially violent people, and also screen their clients. Additionally, they must negotiate terms prior to getting into a car with a client.

According to local charities, the number of women who are involved in prostitution has risen dramatically over the last decade. The number of prostitutes increased by 166% in Sheffield for instance. Local charities are not likely to be the most glamorous but they do have instances of women living on the streets and being forced into prostitution to make ends meet.

They are subject to ‘antisocial behaviour” orders

The CPS has been implementing ASBOs to tackle street sex as part of a larger strategy. But the resurgence of ASBOs has raised some concerns from those who oppose it. There are serious doubts regarding the legality of such orders and the impact they have on sexual work.

Although the Crown Prosecution Service doesn’t have legislative power, it does play a significant role in enforcing the current laws against sexually explicit workers. An ASBO is usually issued to a prostitute who has committed their fifth offense. An ASBO could be broken and a prostitute can spend up to five years in prison.

They fight for the exercise of human rights

Prostitutes in the UK have many issues with their rights. Some feel that their work is made a profit, while others fear their work could be illegal. Despite laws that ban prostitution, many continue to engage in this illegal activity even though they are opposed to it. There are positive developments for both women and men in this sector.

One of the most important changes is the shift in the definition of sex workers in public discussion. The emphasis has shifted away from rescue and enforcement to criminalisation, protection of the client. This shift is a sign of an increasing gap in the human rights discussions.