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MPs to launch inquiry into growth of pop-up brothels

Risks grow as police closures force sex workers to rent Airbnb and other short-term properties

The growth of “pop-up brothels” in Airbnb and other short-term properties is to be investigated by MPs. The all-party parliamentary group on prostitution will launch an inquiry on Monday after reports of temporary brothels springing up across the country, including in holiday resorts and the Lake District, for periods of one to two days and several weeks.

Sex workers say the rise in temporary brothels is due to police forcing them from long-term accommodation. Police say temporary brothels make it harder to track vulnerable women and could be used for trafficking and exploitation. While prostitution is legal in England and Wales, owning or managing brothels is a crime.

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