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In the UK, adult prostitution is legal, however many things associated with prostitution are not.
All sex workers should feel that they have the same access to the protection of the police as any other worker. They can be assured that all calls will be treated sympathetically.
While someone who 'sells' sex may not see themselves as a victim of crime and exploitation, this safeguarding element should be considered and they should be offered supportive help and guidance.
Crimes associated with prostitution are extremely varied such as trafficking, drugs and abuse.
Whilst prostitution can be seen as a nuisance by a community, concerns for such actions should be informed to us to ensure positive action is taken to investigate any potential criminal activity and to ensure those soliciting sex services are offered support and are safe.
More information around prostitution and the legalities of this activity can be viewed on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) website.