The economic situation is driving more women to prostitution and increasing the threat of violence. In a recent study Westminster Council has found that increased competition has led to a 50 per cent cut in prices and a willingness to accept more clients and take greater risks.
To make more money women are travelling further afield and taking clients who appear to be more dangerous. The chairman of Westminster’s task group which produced the report said “the risk of violence has increased substantially” in a “recession-fuelled environment”. ■