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Preston's "pop-up" brothel shame

Postby admin » 11 Jan 2017, 18:12

MORE women are being driven into sex work in Preston by financial constraints brought about by benefits changes, a charity has revealed.

The Foxton Centre, which supports vulnerable women working on Preston’s streets, has seen a marked increase in numbers compared to two years ago. It has also raised concerns women are being exploited in a new trend of “pop up” brothels – rented premises that house sex workers for a couple of weeks before moving on to another city.

In a recent meeting with police and other organisations, agencies raised concerns there were at least 13 suspected brothels in the city – and the Evening Post has found nearly 400 individual women listing themselves as available in the area for sexual services. Around 50 street workers have been supported by Foxton across this year, compared to around 30 in previous years.

Although the centre deals primarily with women working in Preston’s red light area, Jeff Marsh, chief executive of the Foxton Centre, has voiced fears about the associated underworld linked to off street sex work, such as human trafficking and violence and sexual offences against the women.

He said: “We recently did some research and found there are 13 suspected brothels in the area. There is evidence of pop up brothels locally too, and some websites may advertise a certain woman will be in Preston for two weeks – we do not know if that woman is a victim of exploitation.

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