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Jury acquits woman of brothel keeping in significant case that calls for prostitution law reform

Thursday 6 May 2010

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A jury at Luton Crown Court has acquitted a woman on brothel-keeping charges. The woman who worked from home with three other women for safety reasons was acquitted in a case which calls for prostitution law reform.

Anna Morris a barrister at Garden Court Chambers successfully defended the woman. She argued that her client had opened up her home because of concern for the safety of herself and others.

During the trial, Ms Morris highlighted 18 incidents of serious violence against sex workers in Bedfordshire over a four-year period and said that was the "tip of the iceberg". The English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP), which represents English sex workers, said that prosecutions of this kind would force prostitution further underground.

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