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New Study Finds Brothels Are All Over London and Spreading

Lots of sexy times in the UK? It appears that way, according to a new study compiled by the Poppy Project. The group, which educates about prostitution and assists victims of sex trafficking, found that brothels have spread to "every corner" of London — some charging as little as $30, or an extra $20 for unprotected sex. With 85 percent of the brothels in residential areas, all 33 of London's boroughs have them.

The project called 921 of the sex houses advertising in the paper and found 77 different ethnicities represented with the average age of the workers being 21. Details like these could point to trafficking. The co-author of the study says, "Multi-media misrepresentations of commercial sex as a glamorous, easy and fun career choice for girls and women further contribute to the ubiquity of London's brothel industry. However, for most women involved in prostitution, the reality is a cycle of violence and coercion, perpetuated by poverty and inequality."

But is it legal? To find out,


Prostitution in the UK isn't illegal, though some activities associated with it, like soliciting from a car or living on the wages of prostitutes, are illegal. Given the connection between prostitution and trafficking, groups like Prostitution Reform are trying to end the practice and make it illegal.


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Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:ROTFL: rac. Classic! But the reform group should look at how well criminalizing prostitution works in other places...for instance, here. The fact that it's illegal sure hasn't stopped hookers from walking the streets 'round these parts, or publishing thinly veiled advertisements for their services.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
:rotfl: @ rac Let's be real, courtesans get paid WAY more!!!
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
rac, you're priceless :rotfl:
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
J2, I'm sure there's something better you could be doing? Reading Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy or getting a pedicure?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
YIKES! " extra $20 for unprotected sex" That really scares me.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I guess in the UK they also make their prostitutes develop film and take phone calls. Will their exploitation never end? But seriously, human trafficking is a serious problem and should be stopped.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
well this is great news. at least i know i can find a job without a work visa when i expatriate to the UK!!
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
I guess it doesn't require a big stretch of the imagination when they mentioned trafficking, as in human; although I suspect a lot of them are runaways. I've heard they sometimes feel if they're going to get sexually or physically abused at home they might as well get paid for it. It is sad there are so many women in their 20s in that area with such a low self-esteem.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Sure brothels are spreading. The real question is "What are they spreading?" ;)
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