Business Insider/Dan Jones A report by The Independent has revealed that the UK is the “sex trade capital of the world” and that there are up to 20,000 sex workers on the street every day.
The report says that the country has seen a “huge surge in the number of brothels” in recent years, with many of the brothel’s owners claiming to be British nationals.
The number of sex workers working in the UK rose by 10 per cent in 2015.
However, the report reveals that despite the country’s large sex trade, the UK does not have a sex trade law in place.
It also points out that despite its “good reputation”, the UK has not yet had a comprehensive approach to tackling the “problems” associated with the sex trade.
According to the report, “it is hard to find any specific legal protections for the sex workers of the UK, nor a comprehensive anti-sex trafficking law”.
It comes as the UK government announced plans to ban all sex work in its hotels and hostels.
“The UK’s hotels and the hostels industry are the main source of income for many sex workers and are responsible for some of the biggest brothells in the world,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
“As the government looks to introduce tougher regulations on brothelling and other sex work that has become increasingly common, we will do everything in our power to protect the rights of sex work workers and protect our economy.”
Rudd also pledged to introduce new laws to stop the “disproportionate” amount of sex labour that happens in hotels.
“We will bring in a comprehensive, clear and robust law to help protect sex workers, the health of our health system, and the health and safety of our communities,” she said.
The Home Secretary said that the government would make a “strong commitment” to banning all sex tourism and said that it would work with the UK’s brothel owners and hostel operators to make sure that sex work was not forced.
The new regulations will also apply to all brothelfs in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Northern and Western Ireland, and to all other areas of the country.
The UK government is also set to introduce a bill to ban sex tourism to the country in the coming weeks.