Study finds 'most London sex workers not trafficked or forced'

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Institute for the Study of European Transformations, London Metropolitan University

Research launched at a recent London seminar, as reported on PLRI's website, showed that:

  • Many migrants prefer working in the sex industry rather than the "unrewarding and sometimes exploitative conditions they meet in non-sexual jobs".
  • Many migrants working in the sex industry send money back to their country of origin, thereby "dramatically improving the living conditions of their families".
  • Police efforts to combat organised crime is undermined by the fact that victims of exploitation cannot be guaranteed indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
  •  The research findings presented were from the ESRC-funded ‘Migrant Workers in the UK Sex Industry’, led by Dr Nick Mai from the Institute for the Study of European Transformations at London Metropolitan University. 

You can read the full research report here.