Despite much of last year being spent under lockdown with strict guidelines in place to limit the spread of coronavirusAvon and Somerset Police still recorded 49 offences related to prostitution - half as many as the recorded in That was more than any other police force in England and Wales, with the exception of Nottinghamshire Police.
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Offences recorded include 43 of soliciting for the purposes of prostitution, and six of exploitation of prostitution. The soliciting offences could be sex workers loitering on street corners, or people trying to pick up a prostitute, for example by "kerb crawling".
Exploitation could include using force, threats, deception or other forms of coercion to force someone into having sex. But according to the English Collective of Prostitutes it could also mean the offence of "keeping a brothel", which it says could include two women working together for safety. To get breaking news like this straight to your inbox. Three of the offences - two of soliciting Prostitutes in somerset one of exploitation - took place during the first lockdown, when all shops, hotels, bars and restaurants were ordered to shut.
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By then, after restrictions were relaxed over summer, Covid infection rates soared once more as the second wave of the virus surged across the nation. Mask-wearing had become a part of everyday life and restrictions had been reintroduced, with England entering a new three-tier lockdown system. Somerset, North Somerset and Prostitutes in somerset and North East Somerset were all placed in Tier 2, but were then moved up into a new Tier 4 just before the end of the year.
In Avon and Somerset, Bristol appears to be the hotspot for prostitution offences. Forty-five out of 49 offences recorded last year took place in Bristol.
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