Calls to legalise sex trade in Sheffield

A prostitute at work.
A prostitute at work.
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Calls have been made to legalise the sex trade after Sheffield Council was urged to take action on prostitution in the city.

Dozens of readers of The Star have spoken out after it was revealed the council had spent £103,000 tackling the issue in the past financial year.

The figure was revealed after a concerned Kelham Island resident called on the authority to explain how it is tackling the problem, after seeing prostitutes walking the streets in the area.

He was told by John Mothersole, council chief executive, that the authority had funded Sheffield Working Women’s Opportunity Project to help women exit street work.

Posting on The Star’s Facebook page, Carol Brown said: “It’s only a problem because we won’t legalise it.

“They should be looked after in legal brothels, given medical screening and pay tax.”

Julie Cinders Hewitt said: “Make it legal and safe, this would take it off the streets.”

Will Boyce said: “I see them while driving through Neepsend on my way to work in the morning.

“I feel sorry for the people who live there and have it going on outside their houses.”

And Vicky Prest posted: “I agree with it being legalised. If girls can get help for drug addiction, free and frequent access to contraception and to work as self employed ‘massage therapists’ or whatever they think a suitable title would be, it could increase the safety of the girls and help to end the careers of pimps.”

Posting on The Star’s website at, Comrade Door said: “When will the great and the good and the much better than us realise that prohibition does not work? Legalise it, tax it and watch it stop being a problem.”