Given that we have an industry expert around here:
Three weeks ago, police entered a brothel in south-east England after receiving intelligence about criminal activity there. Inside, they found eight Romanian women wearing face shields and masks, and laminated Covid-19 health and safety sheets on the wall. An industrial-size bottle of hand sanitiser stood by the front door.
“On the surface, this did not look like a place where criminality and sexual exploitation was taking place,” says Cristina Huddleston, a trafficking victim support specialist who joined the raid that evening.
Instead, the police investigation found that the brothel and the women inside were under the control of a criminal gang, which was also running at least three other premises where Romanian women were being exploited. It is estimated that just one of these brothels would have brought over £1m in profits every year.
According to UK modern slavery statistics, the number of sex trafficking victims
Trafficking is, by definition, involuntary. And these are not sex slaves. They might not be on all that good a deal – hey, capitalism and all that, the farmer also makes 3 p a loaf – but they’re not slaves.
“The majority of UK sex work is done independently and consensually, but when it comes to criminality there is an agile, extraordinarily efficient business model that has made the UK a primary destination for traffickers and pimps bringing women in from eastern Europe, particularly Romania,” Huddleston told the Guardian.
A pimp is not a slave owner.
Earlier this year, a report on Romanian human trafficking gangs by Radu Nicolae, a Romanian academic at the Syene Centre for Education, used interviews with more than 20 convicted Romanian traffickers to unpick the financial model used to control and then profit from criminal sexual exploitation.
It estimates that in the UK, each woman controlled by a third party could earn between £500 and £700 a day for her trafficker through multiple client visits. Traffickers who had operated in the UK told researchers they earned at least £12,500 a victim every month, or £135,000 a year.
Revenue and profit are not, as some might understand, the same thing.
“Many times the women travel here independently on budget flights, knowing they are going to work in prostitution,
They’re conflating the international movement of labour with slavery.
Because, obviously, after Pentameter we find that there’s no actual sex slavery going on. So, if we’ve teams of antu sex slavery peeps they’ve got to find something to do, don’t they?