Trafficking and prostitution
- The UK is a significant site of international and internal child trafficking. The vast majority of trafficked children in the UK are aged 14-17, with many girls trafficked for sexual abuse and exploitation. (Strategic Threat Assessment: Child Trafficking in the UK, CEOP, 2009)
- Only 19% of women working as prostitutes in flats, parlours and saunas are originally from the UK (The Poppy Project, Sex in the City: Mapping Commercial Sex Across London, 2004).
- 80,000 women work in ‘on-street’ prostitution in the UK. The average age women become involved being just 12yrs old (Home Office, Paying the Price. A consultation paper on prostitution, 2004).
- 3 out of 4 women in prostitution become involved aged 21 or younger, and 1 in 2 aged 18 or younger (Child & Woman Abuse Studies Unit)
- As many as 85% women in prostitution report physical abuse in the family, with 45% reporting familial sexual abuse (Paying the Price).
- 75% of children abused through prostitution had been missing from school (Paying the Price).
- 87% of women in street-based prostitution use heroin (M. Hester and N. Westmarland, Tackling Street Prostitution: Towards an Holistic Approach, Home Office Research Study 279, London, 2004).
- 8.9% of men in London aged 16-44 reported having paid for sex in the past 5 years (Paying the Price).
- In the UK as many as 60 women involved in prostitution have been murdered in the last 10 years (Home Office, Paying the Price: A consultation paper on prostitution, 2004).
- Risk factors for mental disorders in women survivors of human trafficking: a historical cohort study, BMC Psychiatry, 2013
- New research shows violence decreases under Nordic model: Why the radio silence? Feminist Current, 2013
- New study finds that human trafficking is higher in countries where prostitution is legal, article on LSE website (study by LSE, German Institute for Economic Research and Heidelburg University), December 2012
- Prevalence and Risk of Violence and the Physical, Mental and Sexual Health Problems Associated with Human Trafficking: Systematic Review 2012
- All Change: Preventing Trafficking in the UK Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group April 2012
- Challenging men's demand for prostitution in Scotland, Women's Support Project, Glasgow, 2008
- Trafficking in human beings and the 2006 World Cup in Germany, IOM Migration Research Series 29