Brothels in the UK are not illegal, but that does not mean that it is illegal for anyone to offer sexual sex. Brothels are places where more than one person engages in prostitution, typically for money. A television show called A Very British Brothel aired earlier this year, and highlighted the darker side of the industry.

The management of a brothel’s business has been punished with steep fines

The Government has seen fit to implement tougher laws on brothels. The Greiner Liberal government increased the strictness of the solicitation laws in 1988 in response public pressure. The current laws will be implemented in stages, with warnings and cautions. The more serious the offense is, the more likely prosecution is.


The government has based their new laws on section 33 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956. This section makes it illegal to manage and run brothel. The penalties will be even more severe under the new laws.

Trafficked women work in brothels

The brothels employ women who are trafficked to provide commercial sex for a significant number of men each day. They are typically of Latin American origin, but they could also come from other countries. escort agency are recruited by traffickers who pose as boyfriends or falsely offer jobs. Women who are struggling financially are also targeted by traffickers.

Trafficking is a serious problem in many countries across the globe. Many victims are forced to perform sexual acts to earn money since they have no other options. They typically lack education and few job opportunities so they resort to prostitution to help support themselves and their families. Brothels hold women against their will and oblige them to perform sexual acts in exchange for money.

Legalization of sex-related work in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands the legalisation of sex work is relatively recent. In 2000, Dutch authorities legalised brothels. The Dutch authorities legalized brothels in the year 2000 with the intent of making brothel owners accountable. The new law makes sexual work a legally-enforceable occupation and sex workers enjoy the same rights as other workers. Since 2011 they also have to pay taxes on their earnings.

The Dutch government’s aim was to improve the working conditions of prostitutes as well as combat human trafficking. Twenty years later, it is evident that the policy is not working. Even the mayor of Amsterdam acknowledged that the red light district was not sustainable.