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Sex workers

In the UK, adult prostitution is legal, but many things associated with prostitution are not.

The sex industry is complex. It is constantly evolving and is largely hidden from public view. That means sex workers are some of the most vulnerable people to violence in our society. All too often they are abused, exploited and profited from. Sadly, many of these crimes will go unreported and unpunished, because sex workers still fear they won’t be believed or will themselves face investigation.

We will investigate all allegations and take action against perpetrators who are violent towards sex workers.

Policing applies to everyone in society and the focus will always be to target those who abuse, exploit and commit acts of violence against people they know to be more vulnerable. The only people responsible for violence are those who commit it.

Police officers will not start from a position that treats sex workers as criminals, but rather focus on those who are committing violence and exploitation against them. In some cases that could be punters who are using violence, but it also extends to the organised crime groups who we know are involved in the sex industry. It is our responsibility to robustly investigate and bring those involved to justice.

If you are a victim, have any concerns or need support please contact us.

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