Prostitution

  1. Brazil

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    Video caption: Stacey lifts the lid on the darker side of the world of sex work in Brazil.

    Investigative series in which Stacey Dooley meets people who are trading on their looks and sexuality for a living. Stacey lifts the lid on the world of sex work in Brazil.

  2. Russia

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    Video caption: Stacey explores two different sides of sex work in St Petersburg.

    Series in which Stacey Dooley meets people who are trading on their looks and sexuality for a living. Stacey explores two different sides of sex work in St Petersburg.

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    Video caption: Abducted, trafficked or killed: The life of a sex worker in Sierra Leone

    Africa Eye investigates the disappearance of a sex worker and uncovers abuse, trafficking and murder

  4. Pandemic: how bicycles helped HIV positive sex workers in Zimbabwe

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    Video caption: Many lost income during lockdown and struggled to get access to their HIV medicine

    Many lost income during lockdown and struggled to get access to their HIV medicine.

  5. Kerb-crawling operation 'protecting sex workers'

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News

    Police aiming to stop kerb-crawling in Leicester said a weekend patrol saw 10 people arrested for soliciting for sex.

    The patrols are part of Operation Flatten, which is Leicestershire Police's scheme to gather information on people frequenting De Montfort Street and to prevent people involved in street prostitution from being sexually exploited.

    While carrying out the operation, officers also apprehended a number of suspects for other offences, including a 36-year-old man arrested after it was found he was to be recalled to prison and a 32-year-old man arrested for kerb-crawling also being charged with drink-driving.

    Sgt Amanda Boswell, who leads Leicester's team dealing with sex workers, said the patrols allow officers to build a picture of people who "pose a continued risk".

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  6. German bans on sex work overturned

    Düsseldorf sex workers protest, Aug 2020
    Image caption: Sex workers protested against a ban in Düsseldorf

    Coronavirus has been an unpleasant intrusion into people’s intimacy in all sorts of ways, not least sex.

    German sex workers have won a reprieve – even if it is temporary – as brothels are reopening in several states, including the most populous one, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

    Courts have decided that brothels can operate provided there are strict hygiene rules – like at hairdressers - and prostitutes wear masks with their clients.

    The top court in NRW found one-on-one sex to be no more risky in the pandemic than say aerobics in a gym or a party with dozens of revellers.

    It is also argued that keeping brothels closed risks exposing sex workers to more crime, as they struggle to make ends meet, German media report.

    The crisis has already bankrupted one of Europe’s biggest brothels – 10-storey Pascha in Cologne, where about 120 prostitutes worked, along with cooks and hairdressers.

    Brothels are back in business in five northern states, including Hamburg, and Saxony-Anhalt state in the east.