Sex workers leaving streets to work in North-east brothels

By Ed Earl, 30 Dec 2013 10.00am

THE number of sex workers on North-east streets has fallen in the past five years due to an increase in brothels, it was claimed today.

There has reportedly been a rise in the number of workers operating “off-street”, for example at brothels based in flats and using the internet to arrange meetings with customers.

The claims were made after it was revealed fewer than 30 sex workers have used an Aberdeen-based drug and alcohol service in the past year – a large drop compared to more than 100 five years ago.

Drugs Action, based on Hadden Street, Aberdeen has been working with the region’s sex industry to assist “vulnerable workers”.

Chief executive of Drugs Action, Luan Grugeon said: “Police intelligence indicated there is a large and growing number of women working off-street who visit Aberdeen to work in the sex industry.

“Very little is known about these women as they have been reluctant to come forward for help.”

Ms Grugeon, said prostitution was now more “hidden”, with women facing greater danger as a result.