THE LAW surrounding prostitution is quite complex in the United Kingdom.

Exchanging or participating in sexual activities for money or other goods is legal in this country, but many of the activities surrounding it are not.

The act of prostitution is not illegal, but in this country, there are a number of laws making activities associated with it a criminal offence.

Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, it is an offence to cause or incite prostitution or control it for personal gain.

The 1956 Sexual Offences Act bans running a brothel and it is also against the law to loiter or solicit sex on the street.

Other activities widely associated with prostitution and banned in this country, include placing adverts in phone boxes and kerb-crawling, if it can be shown the individual doing this was causing a persistent annoyance.

Adverts in phone boxes have been illegal for 18 years.

Human trafficking, a component of modern prostitution, is also covered by the law.

There are also general laws on public nuisance and decency which can be used to target the sex trade.