The shocking length prostitutes in Hull, northern England, will go to in order to earn cash has been exposed in jaw-dropping detail.
A police community support officer told how 40 sex workers make up the northern city’s red light district in Hessle Road.
They range in ages from 20s to 30s, right up to a couple of women in their 60s.
And their customers can be as young as 17 or 18 right up to men in their 80s.
GETTY STOCKREVEALED: The plight of sex workers in a UK city has been revealed in shock detail
PCSO Jacqui Fairbanks has been trying to help the city’s sex workers for 10 years and says many come from backgrounds where they have been sexually and physically abused.
She says many are homeless, have mental health problems and suffer trafficking and coercion by pimps and boyfriends.
And just to high how desperate prostitutes are, she told the Hull Daily Mail: “One woman had a baby and, within half an hour, was back out on the streets.
“That's how desperate some of these women are.
GETTYTROUBLING NUMBER: Hull is home to around 40 prostitutes at any one time, the PSCO says
“This isn't Pretty Woman, I'm afraid. Some rich punter isn't going to come along and sweep these women off their feet and live happily ever after.
“Our problem is that these women will not come and deal with us. Their self-esteem is so low that they enjoy the attention they receive and that is really sad.”
PCSO Fairbanks said the police work hard to get the women off the streets, and feels the lack of sympathy for prostitutes is unfair.
“There is a perception that these women are all on benefits but that is not always the case. For many, this is their only source of income,” she said.
GETTYOLD AND YOUNG: Customers can be as young as 17 right up to their 80s
“At the end of the day these women are somebody's daughter. I try to tell them they are better than this. But all we can do is off them the help through the different agencies.”
In a landmark ruling in 2014, section 222 orders were introduced meaning prostitutes and kerb crawlers found breaching the order by loitering, soliciting or having sex, face arrest.
Cops hope to focus punishment on getting offenders onto courses rather than sending them to court.