Calls have been made for an official red light district to be declared in Sheffield – in the hope it will make the sex industry safer and take it off the city’s main streets. The sex industry, often referred to as ‘the oldest trade in the world’, is mostly hidden in Sheffield in the grey areas of the law or behind strict licensing rules. But some have said unlicensed operators are enabling criminal activity including exploitation and trafficking.Businessman David Slater, managing director of Attercliffe-based property firm Spaces Sheffield, said: “The root cause of prostitution is the men that use them, if they didn’t there wouldn’t be any prostitutes. But you aren’t ever going to stop men having those kinds of urges and willing to pay for it. You’re never going to get rid of it. So my view is you manage it.”Under current UK law, it is legal to be a prostitute privately, behind closed doors, but illegal to run a brothel, pimp someone out or be a street prostitute, meaning much activity goes under the radar.Mr Slater estimates there are around a dozen illegal brothels in Attercliffe alone.“If you stood at the Royal Bank of Scotland near the graveyard and did a 360-degree streetview… Read full this story
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