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When out taking snaps yesterday I passed through an estate between
Old Street and Angel and saw this phone box. I had always thought
that you only got cards in call boxes in central London and around
hotels, and in my mind the really specialist stuff tends to be in
rich areas. Maybe the estate wasn't as poor an area as it looks?
24th Oct 2007, 10:26   | tags:,

hildegard says:

Well, given that "10,000 victims of trafficking are working in prostitution in London and the west midlands alone." (Hansard) the estimated annual UK spend on prostitutes was £770 million in 2005, with an average spend of £50 per punter, that works out at over 42000 transactions per day, with roughly 1 in 20 UK men using prostitutes (figures from survey by the Independent). Trends have only been increasing in the last several years so it's not surprising if services like B&D; are being offered outside "traditional" areas.

Also, the guys who put up the cards come in for a lot of violence over who's allowed to do which phone boxes, etc - could just be that yer man's taken a pasting in Town & headed towards Islington to catch the punters nearer home.

29th Oct 2007, 10:59

Steve says:

Thanks for the info, it's quite depressing really.

29th Oct 2007, 11:51

Helen says:

Think of all that tax we're missing out on!

29th Oct 2007, 11:59

Steve says:

You want to STICK on a Blu-tax?

29th Oct 2007, 12:08

hildegard says:

H - prositutes are taxed. Prostitution isn't illegal, soliciting, pimping & allowing rented property to be used for the purposes of prostitution are all illegal, so we're missing out on some of the trafficked people's tax & on that of the more disorganised street prostitutes but most of the rest of the sector is taxed. I recall an Inland Revenue chap telling me many years ago that they'd like to use convictions for soliciting etc as the basis for writing to prostitutes with estimated tax demands, in order to bring in revenue from street hookers, don't know if anything ever came of that bright idea...

29th Oct 2007, 14:06