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This is a 'hidden crime' perpetrated from behind closed doors. If you notice suspicious activity at any premises, you should report the matter to the local police by dialling 101 or, anonymously, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Thousands of girls and young women from the UK and the rest of the world are groomed, conned, coerced and forced into prostitution in every town and city in the UK. They are the victims of well organised gangs of criminals that make millions from this awful trade. It is estimated that about 10 - 15% of people reading this answer will have a brothel within a few hundred yards of their home.

The organisation Parents against Sexual Exploitation (Pace) has a lot of useful information on the issue including help for worried parents who want to know the signs in case their own children get into the wrong company.

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