Victims of trafficking at risk of “industrial scale” sexual exploitation in ‘pop-up’ brothels

Vulnerable women are being sexually exploited on an “industrial scale”, according to an inquiry by MPs into ‘pop-up’ brothels.

Published 21 May 2018

The report follows growing reports of organised crime groups establishing so-called ‘pop-up’ brothels — premises rented for short periods as venues for prostitution. The difficulty in policing these temporary sites has made them centres for sexual exploitation, with trafficked women increasingly amongst the victims. Recent figures from the National Crime Agency show that the number of potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery in the UK has risen by more than a third.

There are at least 212 active, ongoing police operations in the UK into modern slavery cases involving sexual exploitation. The UK has played a leading role in the international fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, but as this inquiry highlights, there is still a lot of work to do if we are to help safeguard all those at risk of exploitation. We should seek to maintain our proud record, and build on it, to ensure that we remain at the forefront of the fight against trafficking and the oppression of women.

Read the inquiry here.

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