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In the well-kept terraced streets of north London, three sex workers take turns seeing clients in an anonymous-looking flat, sharing a calendar and pencilling in bookings around each other. The flat looks like any other — colourful mugs in the kitchen, a bowl of food by the door for the resident ginger tomcat.
The work room has pastel bedsheets, a fluffy rug, mirrors, bedside lamps: it looks like any feminine but nondescript bedroom. Perhaps the only noticeable feature of the flat is that, even during the day, the curtains are usually closed. This is a brothel and the women who live and work in the flat are breaking the law. While prostitution is legal in England and Wales, owning or managing a brothel is a crime.
The phenomenon, where sex workers use Airbnb, hotels, or short-term holiday lets as a work base, has caused concern among politicians and the police. But what is the reality for women working in brothels in Britain today, and what is driving them to work in temporary set-ups? Demystifying it is really important.
Amy not her real name started working in hotels two years ago, renting out a room for a day, or longer with a friend if her children were away. But the pressure to make back the cost of the hotel meant she ended up booking clients she would not otherwise have seen. After a year, she found her current place with two others. Still, she does not want to paint a rose-tinted Brothel in north london of her new situation. Like many sex workers, trust and communication with the police is a huge issue for her and her workmates.
Maya not her real namewho is 23 and from Brazil, works in vastly different circumstances to Amy. She says she was threatened with arrest when she reported a violent robbery at a brothel where she was working in central London. Prior to working in the capital, Maya toured the country with a friend, renting Airbnb properties.
This situation was reflected in the Channel 4 documentary series, A Very British Brothelwhere massage parlour owner Kath is seen shopping around Sheffield for mobile homes to use as a brothel. She says the mobile home would be easier to run and easier to move around, but there would be no way to install a panic button. For Maya, after finding a brothel near a central London train station, her situation deteriorated as she began being moved around a group of flats all owned by the same man.
Since the robbery, she says she has felt paranoid, which has led her to stop working. They should support and try to make us safe, rather than making us more unsafe. She tells a story about a friend who Brothel in north london escaped another brothel robbery in which men threatened to pour boiling water over the faces of the women. They did not call the police. Maya is one of 70, sex workers in Britain. Details of the sex industry are hard to come by, and the lack of data about the prevalence of trafficking often leaves sex work groups and the police at loggerhe about how to approach the industry.
Other forces might say their priorities are elsewhere and it would run until it became a problem or they got to it. Clare Gollop, who works on the National Policing Modern Slavery Portfolio, says temporary brothels make it harder to reach out to potential victims of trafficking.
However, deportation is often one of the outcomes of raids on brothels and sex workers are still fearful of interacting with the police. Many suggest that policing tactics increase the likelihood of their choosing to work from temporary accommodation.
Sarah, a Romanian sex worker and student, said she got into the industry after her work in hospitality failed to cover her rising rent. She gave up her old home and rented a small flat with a friend in east London, where she lived and worked. But on an afternoon in August, five months into the tenancy, plainclothes police visited the flat and issued a closure order. Sarah and her friend left the flat and are now working elsewhere. She says the police made things much more difficult for her.
Why would you want to prosecute me? At the flat in north London, Amy says the flat-sharing arrangement is coming to an end. Paranoia has set in about clients knowing the women share the premises and they are all worried about being prosecuted. But she says they will move somewhere else and hope for the best. The Observer Sex trade. This article is more than 3 years old. MPs are investigating a surge in flats being used short-term for prostitution — but the women who work in them say they often have no safer option. The entrance to a brothel in Soho, London.
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