Trafficked women’s charity the Poppy Project surveyed more than 900 brothels
and found many offered high-risk “services” such as unprotected anal sex for
just £10 extra.
The charity said its investigation exposed the “disturbing prevalence” of
prostitution across the capital.
Many came from well-known trafficking hotspots such as eastern Europe and
A number of premises offered “very young girls” but did not explicitly admit
to having underage girls available, the Poppy Project report said.
Co-author Helen Atkins said: “This research shows the disturbing prevalence of
the sex industry in every corner of London – fuelled by the demand for
“Multi-media misrepresentations of commercial sex as a glamorous, easy and fun
career choice for girls and women further contribute to the ubiquity of
London’s brothel industry.
“However, for most women involved in prostitution, the reality is a cycle of
violence and coercion, perpetuated by poverty and inequality.”
The average price for full sex was just under £62.
Researchers were told 95 per cent of the surveyed brothels were in a
residential location with a “discreet appearance”.
One brothel told researchers they offered first-time customers a 50 per cent
off voucher for their next visit.
A researcher said in the report: “I do remember there was a chain of south
east London places which promised ‘the lowest prices in London’ and a place
in Islington stood out as sounding particularly unpleasant and dodgy.”
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