The United Kingdom Escorts, British Escorts
Escorting and buying sexual services in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. May I make a few comments about the present laws. This is my opinion and if you require accurate advice, then please contact the services of a legal representative.
Selling sex is legal in all four countries. There are laws regarding how you sell sex.
You are not allowed to work with another sex worker. If you do, then you or both could be prosecuted for keeping a brothel. This does happen and happens in many areas of London and Scotland. If you have a bad client or some gang who comes and robs you, then you have to think carefully about contacting the police when you are working with others. You could be prosecuted. Sometimes the police instead of prosecuting will invoke a closure order on the premises barring any access to it for months.
You are not allowed to solicit for clients on the street.
It is perfectly legal to work for an escort agency. Those running the escort agency are on the border of the law. They are not allowed to control sex workers for gain. Proving an agency owner is not controlling is where the law becomes grey.
You must be over eighteen to sell sex.
There is also one other way sex workers are persecuted. If you are from an EU country working as a sex worker and don't have employment or are not in education, you could be expelled from the country. Selling sex is not considered work by the UK Government.
It is legal to buy sex in three of the four countries. The only country where it is illegal to buy sex in Northern Ireland. In NI you can be fined if the police discover you have paid for sex. The law has been in place for several years, and as far as I know, only one person has been prosecuted (this was written in late 2017). The police do not consider this to be a priority and are instead working with sex workers in NI to help protect them.
It is also illegal to buy sex from someone who has been coerced into selling sex. Even if you feel the sex worker was willing and you saw no reason that she was being forced, you are still liable. This is called strict liability. This law is relevant to England and Wales.
You are committing an offence when buying sex from someone under 18.
It is illegal to pick a woman up from the street for sex. This is called kerb-crawling.
In Scotland, England and Wales, as a client visiting a brothel, you are not breaking the law. If the brothel is raided and the sex workers are arrested, you are still free to leave. Don't talk to the police, because anything you say will be used to persecute and prosecute the sex workers. Don't admit to paying for sex, it will put their freedom in jeopardy.
Different regions of the UK implement the laws in different ways. Some police forces do allow brothels and working flats to operate. It makes it safer for sex workers and makes it easier for the police to keep an eye on trafficking because they know where sex is being sold. In Leeds, they even have an area called Holbeck where street work is allowed to operate and sex workers and clients are not arrested. Other regions of the UK have a zero tolerance of sex work and attempt in any way to disrupt it. It is all at the whim of the Chief Police Constable and the Crime Commissioners.
Escorts in the Media
With escorting in the UK, consent is based on conditions such as payment, use of condoms and the type of sex. When things go wrong and a condom is removed, or payment is not received, then justice is hard to come by. A recent case did see a man get convicted for rape when he removed his condom. The issue of none payment is still not considered rape at present, more a case of fraud.
They allege when it came to the final cut, producers ‘scoffed at their notes’ while they explained how the documentary could be ‘dangerous’ for them. A BBC spokesperson denied the allegations and said that the women’s concerns were addressed.
His documentary about selling sex in the UK airs on BBC Two. His one hour film follows the lives of three sex workers. I found it revealing and thought-provoking to make – I hope viewers have the same experience. Mainly, I’d like to thank the women who so openly and honestly let me into their lives and helped broaden my understanding of their lives and experiences.
Here is a response to one of the participants in the documentary, It is not complimentary about the making of the series.
Sex workers’ human rights are being undermined by outdated laws and their haphazard enforcement across the country. Those who try and reduce risk by working together face being raided by the police, arrested and sometimes deported. Recently a report by a Conservative Party group on human rights makes the argument the purchase of sexual consent undermines the principle of sexual consent itself. They wish to bring in the Nordic model. Sex workers tirelessly campaign to have their work viewed as work. Today a film is being released titled What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Job Like This? created in collaboration with the ECP.
Fiona Bruce has yet chaired another inquiry into Escorting. As is usual with these inquiries by people who equate sex work with violence, they omit any evidence that goes against their abolitionist agenda. They ignore sex workers, they ignore the 150 plus academic researchers who call for total decriminalisation, they ignore Amnesty International, WHO and now the RCN. They also ignore the main driver of sex work, and that is austerity.
Read the article by Frankie Mullin, one of the few journalists in the UK who supports the rights of sex workers.
The Tory report sums up the evidence and decides otherwise, suggesting that “the most effective way to safeguard sexual consent while reducing the market for prostitution … is to legislate to make paying for sexual services an offence”. Criminalising clients – the so-called end demand or Nordic model – is all that Bruce and her team have to offer.
21st May 2019 Decriminalise Sex Workers And Clients, Urges Royal College of Nursing
The RCN, Nurses have decided that sex workers and clients should be decriminalised. They urge that the Nordic model should not be introduced. The Nordic model is supposed to decriminalise sex workers and criminalise the client. This is not the case, sex workers are still criminalised and end up being prosecuted for brothel-keeping. The loss of some clients, leaving those clients who require to remain anonymous leaves them in greater threat.
The RCN now intend lobbying the Government to implement a decriminalised model. Thankfully they ignored the leafletting and open letters from the Nordic Model Now, who continue to spread lies about prostitution and decriminalisation. Decriminalisation has worked successfully in New South Wales in Australia and New Zealand. It must not be confused with the legalisation as implemented in Germany and Holland.
Read more from Rights Information website
30th April 2019 Campaigners warn mobile phone rules may deter rape victims from coming forward
Sex workers, in particular, are one group who can be at particularly high risk of rape, and lots of efforts have been made in recent years to increase trust between the police and sex worker communities – this new policy seems to undermine some of these efforts.
Read more in the Northern Echo