Although Brexit and Covid-19 has already catalysed the recession, it is unlikely that it will stop this practice completely. In addition to increasing surveillance, it is reducing the number of workers, who are considered ‘unskilled’ and ‘inessential’ to the economy. This will have devastating consequences for many EU escorts who are not aware of their legal rights and are unable to find work. While it is a sad state of affairs for the industry, the sex sector accounts for the largest proportion of a client’s monthly expenditure, and it is expected to continue to decline.
Despite the legal status of the sex industry in the UK, the working environment for sex workers is generally safe. The industry is unregulated and relies on a highly unstable economy that fluctuates with great fluctuations. Seasons change, school holidays, and the political climate can all impact sex workers’ incomes. Not only are sex workers unable to work at home, but they are also often the only option available in their communities, particularly for those with crippling student debts.
The Labour government has raised the prospect of relaxing the current laws on prostitution in the UK, but despite these measures, the number of women working in the industry has remained stable and is likely to grow. The current law allows one prostitute per indoor premises, and two or more in the same space. However, local police forces have remained inconsistent, varying from zero tolerance to zero. Meanwhile, three British ministers have visited the Netherlands to research the sex industry and concluded that the laws on prostitution were not effective.
Although solicitation and advertising are not illegal in the UK, in-person sex work becomes illegal. Besides, pimping and operating brothels are illegal in the UK, and solicitation in public spaces is also forbidden. As a result of the coronavirus crisis, more women are stepping into the sex industry to survive. But how can sex workers continue to thrive in the UK?
There are about 60,000 to 80,000 sex workers in the UK. This is a growing sector and is still legal in many countries. It is not illegal in the UK but it is illegal to conduct sex business in this country. But it can be difficult to work in the UK without a legal permit. It is often illegal to operate in the UK and a few European countries.
Although this is an illegal activity in the UK, sex workers are still in the UK. There are 70,000 sex workers in the country. These women earn an average of PS78 a week, and have around 25 clients a week. While it is illegal to perform sex in the UK, they are not prohibited. There are no laws to prevent them from working in the UK.