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‘Pop-Up’ Brothels Are Accused Of Sexually Exploiting Women

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Trafficking gangs that run “pop-up” brothels in the United Kingdom are accused of sexually exploiting women and contributing to modern-day slavery worldwide, The Guardian reported Monday.

Short-term lease properties in the U.K. are being used as “pop-up” brothels that allegedly exploit vulnerable women, many of whom are from Eastern Europe, according to The Guardian. Police from the U.K. are currently leading 212 investigations into modern-day slavery, alleging that many come from the brothels, according to a report called “Behind closed doors: organised sexual exploitation in England and Wales,” Politics Home reported. Landlords of these properties are indirectly contributing to the sexual exploitation of these vulnerable women. Approximately 85 percent of the sex workers are from Eastern Europe, with 39 percent from Romania, the Daily Mail reported.

“A revolving door of vulnerable women, predominantly from Eastern Europe, are being supplied by trafficking gangs into residential properties and hotels in order to be sexually exploited by U.K. men,” Gavin Shuker, the Labour Party member of Parliament for Luton South and the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade, told The Guardian. “But it is the minority of men in the U.K. who pay to sexually access women’s bodies who are funding sex trafficking and driving this form of modern-day slavery,” Shuker added. (RELATED: Tourists Face Fines If Caught Staring At Amsterdam’s Sex Workers In Red Light District)

France, Sweden, Iceland, and Norway are among some of the countries that criminalized paying for sex, hoping to lessen the sexual exploitation of women.

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