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A small blow to the sex industry

It's now illegal to pay for sex with someone who has been exploited, and harder for lap-dancing clubs to get licenses. But the battle is far from over

By Kat Banyard   April 2010

Today’s date, 1st April 2010, is likely to have been circled in the calendars of many pimps and lap-dancing club owners. If it isn’t, it should have been, because from this day it is illegal to pay for sex with someone who has been exploited. And six days from now, anyone wanting to open up a lap-dancing club will have to apply for two, rather than one, licenses, including the new “sexual entertainment licence”—which is harder to get, and more expensive.

Those with vested interests are duly worried: Peter Stringfellow has vowed to go to the European Court of Human…

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