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The women turning to sex work to make ends meet

By Dan Clark, Alexandra Heal and Anna Gross

07 Dec 2022 · 11 min read

Editor's Note

Did you know that as the cost of living rapidly rises, so is the number of women selling sex? The FT reports on the dangers surrounding this increase and on calls to decriminalize the practice.

Tiffany smoothed her hair in the bathroom mirror and took off her wedding ring. Little knots were tightening in her stomach.

The former civil servant climbed into the car next to her husband, who dropped her off near a plush hotel in Cardiff. She slipped into the hotel bar, weaving through the hum of conversation and piano music, and spotted the man she had been messaging. He too appeared nervous.

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