Anna Morris, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers is currently defending a woman against brothel-keeping charges. The woman, who worked from home with three other women for safety reasons, had cash, her computer, mobile phone, driving licence and passport taken when the premises were raided by police.
The English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP), which represents English sex workers, said that prosecutions of this kind would force prostitution further underground.
They added that under the Proceeds of Crime Act, the police and prosecutors have a vested interest in raiding alleged brothels as they are able to keep a share of any assets seized in the raids.
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