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More Pop-Up Brothels Crop Up in Britain

England (Sputnik) – The problem of pop-up brothels continues to crop up in British towns and in newspaper headlines, with police in Wiltshire being the latest force to reveal it has an issue with temporary-run sex houses opening and closing in Swindon.

Officers say they are dealing with around 30 pop-up brothels based in residential areas just six months after a Romanian gang were busted for opening brothels in the town and more than 40 potential victims of human trafficking were identified.

However, temporary accommodation and rental properties being exploited by organized gangs and used as brothels is nothing new. In April 2016, one of the first cases of so-called pop up brothels emerged in Cumbria in the small town of Barrow.

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Local newspaper, the Evening Mail reported that criminal gangs were targeting refugees to use as prostitutes and exploiting victims in hotel rooms and bed and breakfast establishments.

One landlady told the newspaper that a Romanian couple had got in touch with her looking for a room, only to find out a few weeks later that her address was included on a website advertising girls for sex.

A year later on in Swindon, landlords are among holiday let owners in Newquay, who are being asked to check that their properties aren’t being used as temporary pop-up brothels.

This report prepared by Sputnik.

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