Sense it. Spot it.
? Count the signs. If you see one or more of these signs at a property consider making a referral to the appropriate organisation. Alongside these specific signs can you identify any signs that suggest movement, recruitment, deception, coercion or exploitation?
What is sexual exploitation?
Sexual exploitation is when someone is controlled for non-consensual sex.
Many of these indicators just help to identify that sex is sold or purchased at a property. These should be layered with the 'significant signs' that suggest exploitation more explicitly.
Outside the property
When you enter
In the bedrooms
Are there bars covering the windows of the property? Robberies are not uncommon at brothels.
Does the entrance to property have CCTV cameras installed?
Is the letterbox sealed to prevent use?
Do the owners seem evasive as if they are buying time for workers to exit the property?
Have you been told to call before turning up at the property or told to come back another time?
Are the curtains at the property always drawn?
Is the person who is potentially selling sex closely guarded?
Do people at the property look to take cues from a madam when asked questions?
Is there a room which resembles a viewing area more than a living area?
Is your access to certain areas of the property restriced or are doors locked?
Are there women in the property with very limited amounts of clothing or is a large proportion of their clothing of a 'sexual' nature?
Is there a question over the age of the people at the premises who are potentially selling sex?
Do you see a bank of mobile phones with numbers written on the back of them? The numbers may be consecutive or very similar and would be used for phone sex lines.
When you enter the property, is there a strong smell that strikes you? The nature of the activityis likely the cause of this.
Where there are locks on doors within the property do you see any signs of attacks on them? There may also be clawing around the locks on the back of the doors.
Is there a distinct lack of home furnishings and other items you would expect to see in a residential property?
Does the the person who is potentially selling sex have any untreated injuries or noticeable conditions/diseases?
Does the person potentially selling sex have any signs of physical abuse on their body such as cigarette burns or tattoos indicating ownership? Balkan women are known to be given marks behind their ears or under their arms for example.
Are there any signs of ritual abuse or witchcraft having taken place? It may be systematic or sustained over a long period of time.
Do the people that are potentially selling sex also sleep on the premises? Brothels are not normally used as accommodation for sex workers as well.
Do you notice an excessive amount of condoms at the property? This just helps to affirm that sex is happening in the property.
Is the person selling sex allowed to keep the money they make? A trafficked sex worker will have restriced or no access to this money.
Are there any signs that the person selling sex is experiencing emotional trauma as a result of the work they are doing?
Has the person been subjected to other crimes such as abduction, assault or rape?
Does the person selling sex only have an English vocabulary of sexualised words?
Are there any signs that the person selling sex is experiencing either general or sexual health issues? Pelvic inflammation disorder for example, which is easily treatable with access to medical care.
Is there any evidence that the person has been forced, intimidated or coerced into providing sexual services?
Are women moved between suspected brothels or work in alternate locations?
Is there a pricelist of services made available to punters that includes services that indigenous sex workers would not normally provide?