You may have been forced or coerced to have sex for money by your boyfriend or a man who says he loves you. You may have experienced childhood abuse and find it difficult to cope with life. Drugs or alcohol may help you get through the night but you feel trapped in a cycle of sex work and addiction. Or perhaps you just feel that sex working is the only option you have.
Prostitution, which is also called sex work, is the exchange of sexual services for money. Prostitution itself is not a crime but the following activities are crimes in the UK:
- Soliciting in a public place
- Kerb crawling
- Owning or managing a brothel
- Procuring (this includes trafficking a prostitute, operating a prostitution business and transporting a prostitute to a location of their arrangement).
- In addition, it is illegal in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to:
- Pay for sex with a prostitute who has been subjected to force. Clients can be prosecuted even if they didn’t know the prostitute was forced.