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Sex Work

Information, advice and support

Sex Work

Sex work is the exchange of sexual services for money. Sex work itself is not a crime but the following activities are crimes in the UK:

  • Soliciting in a public place
  • Kerb crawling
  • Owning or managing a brothel
  • Pimping
  • Procuring (this includes trafficking a sex worker, operating a sex work business and transporting a sex worker to a location of their arrangement).

In addition, it is illegal in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to:

  • Pay for sex with a sex worker who has been subjected to force. Clients can be prosecuted even if they didn’t know the sex worker was forced.


Advice and Support

Call 999 if a crime is happening now, or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.


Supporting women to exit sex-working through support around housing, mental health, addiction, domestic and sexual violence, finance, wellbeing and the criminal justice system.

Call 0117 909 8832 or email

Night outreach van: 0800 6 125 125

Ugly Mugs

UK-wide charity working with sex workers to do research, design and deliver safety tools and to provide support services to people in adult industries.


For support and advice about sexual assault and sexual harassment, visit the Sexual Violence page.

For support and advice about sexual health, visit the Sexual Health page.