Law & Rights

Prostitution is not illegal in the UK but many of the activities associated with it are

Below is a summary of the current legal position in England and Wales

  • A prostitute is defined by law as someone who has offered or provided sexual services to another person in return for any financial arrangement on at least one occasion.
  • Working as a prostitute in private is legal.
  • Working as an escort is legal as long as escort agencies are not controlling.
    It is illegal for a prostitute to solicit or loiter in a public place.
  • A prostitute can be subject to a section 17 order requiring her to engage with support services.
  • A prostitute may be subject to anti-social behaviour orders which may prohibit her from entering specific areas.
  • Local authorities may also use their powers to issue civil injunctions against prostitutes to exclude them from specific areas. A brothel is defined as premises where two or more prostitutes or escorts work.
  • It is an offence for a person to keep, or to manage, or act or assist in the management of, a brothel.

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