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Prostitution: Foreign Workers

Women and Equality written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the number of women working as sex workers in the UK whose countries of origin are (a) other EU member states and (b) overseas states; and if she will give a breakdown of the principal countries of origin in each case.

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Government Equalities Office

Due to the hidden nature of prostitution, reliable statistics on the numbers involved and their countries of origin are difficult to obtain. Estimates suggest that at any one time in 2003 there were approximately 4,000 victims of trafficking for prostitution in the UK. However, no research has been undertaken which would provide either evidence or provide a basis for estimates on the number of women working as sex workers in the UK whose countries of origin are (a) other EU member states (b) other overseas states.

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