The UK has been home to brothels for centuries. These establishments offer paid sex, in a clean hygiene-friendly environment. A majority of these establishments employ trafficked women. Brothels are also the site of murders such as that in Ipswich in the late 18th century. The issue of prostitution in the UK is a problem that affects both men and women.

Prostitution in private is not an offense

When it comes to fighting prostitution, the police are able to play a role. They collaborate with other agencies to find alternatives to prostitution and focus on prosecuting those who are responsible for prostitution. The CPS is also a resource for those who have been victims of prostitution by working to find ways to get out of the trade. Prostitution is often a sign of abuse of power. Men tend to control the majority of the businesses and sellers.

It is against the law in the UK to pay for prostitutes to be rented out in private brothels. The Home Office announced that it would review current laws regarding prostitution. This includes making it illegal to pay a prostitute a brothel, and imposing more severe penalties for the operation of brothels that serve as prostitution.

Legal, safe, and paid-for sex in an environment that is safe and clean

Prostitution is illegal in the UK. A recent law has been adopted by the British government that outlaws the trade. However the law doesn’t do anything to stop brothel operators from hiring women. A recent motion in the European Parliament calls on the member countries to adopt similar legislation.


The UK government is looking into legislation to ban the purchase of sexual. A ‘Nordic’ model is being considered and the European Parliament is promoting this by supporting radical feminists, religious organizations and politicians. This is a simple way to crack down on prostitution. The UK seems to be following this trend and it could be just in the near future.

Ipswich serial murders

The Ipswich serial murders have attracted lots of media attention. The case is more sensational than the Peter Sutcliffe serial murders in which a man killed 13 women and injured seven others in the West Yorkshire brothel. Although media coverage can hinder the fairness of the trial because of the lack of transparency the case has ignited debates on the law governing prostitution. The bodies were found in a variety of places.

High class escorts of the victims of the Wright murders were women. Annette Wright was the first victim. Her body was found in a cruciform area in the woods near Nacton. The body was later discovered to be pregnant and was later identified as Annette Wright.

Legalisation of sex in the UK

Prostitution and sex work in brothels are both prohibited under UK legislation. There is a Dame Diana Johnson, the current Home Affairs Minister has recently introduced a bill to legalize both. The bill was justified through testimonies of people who have been victims of sex trafficking. While the bill is an important step in the right direction, it still perpetuates the stigma that sexual activity is dirty and that workers are forced into this job.

Many of the laws that controlled prostitutes were changed with the Policing and Crime Act 2009. Prostitution in brothels remains illegal, however working as an outcall prostitute or escort to gain personal gain isn’t. In the UK, it is also illegal to engage in street prostitution.

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