The Home Office has made it clear that companies are responsible for the content that is hosted on their websites. Websites such as Vivastreet have a procedure to eliminate traffickers. If they find anything that looks suspicious, they pass it to the police. The National Ugly Mugs charity works with police forces across the UK.
The UK adult work sector has been highly precarious for a long time, but policies by the government are pushing it to the limits. The job is varied and those who are unhappy by a particular aspect may end up working in other areas of the business. There are that can help sex women find a satisfying and fulfilling job. Many of these organizations offer support groups for women.
Websites that facilitate sexual work have been shut down, and legislation has been adopted. The Swedish law criminalizes sex workers for the first time. Similar legislation has been passed in Canada, Iceland, France, and Canada. Campaign groups have also written to the national press about the issue and mobilised supporters. These efforts are progressing. In the UK campaigners hope to adopt a bill which will protect the rights of sex workers.
While British politicians are working to criminalize adult prostitution and to ban online advertising of sex-related work, an empowering resistance movement is gaining momentum in the industry. The APPG (Association of Prostitution Workers) is an umbrella group for UK sex workers and their associates. The APPG has called for the ban of the online promotion of sex-related services and is concerned about the impact it will affect the estimated 73,000 sex-related workers in the UK.
The UK government has also passed laws to stop prostitution. For instance, the Criminal Justice and Police Act of 2001 made it illegal to leave business cards for sex workers on public phones. However, while criminalising sex-related work is a step in the right direction, it is not enough to stop the activity. Certain groups, such as Save Our Eyes, have taken steps to stop the practice across the country.
Pop-up brothels have been an issue of recent discussion. There are numerous brothels in Cornwall, and the police have found that the majority of the workers are either Polish or Romanian. These brothels are operated through websites that allow workers and landlords to book apartments. While it is legal to prostitute in England and Wales but managing or owning brothels is not.