A group of MPs have released a study saying 'pop-up' brothels are allowing for women to be trafficked around the country, often as 'sex slaves'. They want buying sex to be illegal – but not everyone agrees.
What it means: The debate over legalising prostitution has existed for a long time. It's a complex one because people can't agree on whether you should criminalise the work itself (aka the 'supply') or the purchase of that work (aka 'the demand'), or neither at all (aka 'none of your business').
Gavin Shuker MP says the government should "shift the burden of criminality from those that sell sex to those that buy it." But some sex workers feel criminalising the purchase of sex will only make them more isolated. They say trafficking is only about 6 percent of sex work – in other words, we shouldn't assume the majority isn't consensual.