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Women sex workers in Edinburgh have criticised police after a series of raids on saunas in the capital. They claim tactics used by officers left them "feeling degraded". Now they fear the existing council policy of tolerating saunas is in jeopardy after six premises had their licences suspended by the city council.
A Police Scotland spokesman said those inside the premises were treated with "sensitivity and compassion". The sex workers also issued a warning that women will be put at risk if they are forced out of saunas to ply their trade on the street. The Edinburgh-based charity promotes sex workers' rights, health and dignity. A spokesperson said: "Scot-Pep urges the council to retain the Edinburgh model of tolerance and licensing for the saunas, as this has ensured a safe workplace for women for nearly three decades - and, beyond that, to move decisively towards full decriminalisation.
The charity has urged a moratorium on sauna raids and any further crackdowns on sex workers, clients, or managers. Laura Lee, a sex worker, said: "The recent raids represent a Edinburgh street prostitutes in policy in Edinburgh, which is very worrying. We know that when sex workers are no longer working together in safety and are dispersed they are in greater danger.
Once again, sex workers have been excluded from that process. It denies us a right to have our voices heard and is shameful".
Alix, another sex worker added: "The sauna policy in Edinburgh has allowed women to work in safer conditions. It is disappointing to learn Police Scotland employed tactics which led to women feeling degraded and fearful of dealing with the police. A Edinburgh street prostitutes Scotland spokesman said: "A multi-agency operation was carried out to inspect Edinburgh's d premises and tackle and detect any criminal activity; breaches of licence or risks to the public.
Scot-Pep said the licensing system had kept Edinburgh sex workers safer than their counterparts in Glasgow. The charity has warned for several months of its concerns that Glasgow's zero tolerance approach would be forced on the rest of the country after the unification of the country's police forces under Police Scotland. In Scotland, selling sex is legal between two consenting adults - as long as it happens in private.
Five years ago, buying sex from street prostitutes, or kerb-crawling, became illegal so clients of street prostitutes also now face arrest.
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