Olympic crack-down putting sex workers at risk

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Raids on flats in London and increased activity by the Metropolitan Police in targeting street-based sex workers have forced women to work underground, begin working outdoors and to move away from areas they know well.  All of which has put them at greater risk of violence and driven them further away from the support services they use and trust, reports the Independent today.

Sex worker organisations have been warning about this for months, as reported in this article in April, and there have been calls for a moratorium on arrests in the Olympic period. 

Despite a report in March from Andrew Boff (member of the London Assembly) which was highly critical of the Metropolitan Police and described their actions as 'heavy handed', the attacks on sex worker safety have continued.