A woman has moved out of Bradford after thirty leaflets were put through her neighbours’ doors revealing she was a sex worker.

Lillie Lovesit - the name she legally works under - decided to leave England and take her business elsewhere because she feared leaving the house by herself in case anyone recognised her from the photographs attached to the leaflets.

The 33-year-old has also won an apology from West Yorkshire Police after she complained about how officers handled the case and did not immediately treat what happened to her as a hate crime.

Lillie’s identity was revealed late last year when information containing her real name, address and photograph were handed out in the streets surrounding her former home in Idle.

The leaflet falsely claimed there was a “drug abusing prostitute operating out of a home in our area!”

It said her business was “causing drug dealers and the dirty men that visit her to frequent our area and park in our streets.”

The leaflet urged residents to be vigilant and encouraged them to report any suspicious behaviour they saw to police, but it neglected to inform them that Lillie’s work is legal.

It signs off with: “Please be vigilant! And let’s try to keep our children safe from witnessing this type of sordid and indecent behaviour. This is not welcome here!”

Lillie said: “My life was in chaos.

“The people who did this wanted my neighbours to know about this and wanted to ruin my life.

“They did it and it worked because I didn’t go to the shops for three months.”

She immediately reported what happened to police, but said it was only when she threatened to harm herself 48 hours later that an officer visited her.

Officers took two months to investigate the incident and said it was not a hate crime.

Throughout all of this, she was terrified to leave her own home and did not want to come face to face with anyone she knew.

After Lillie officially complained to the police about how they dealt with her situation, she received an apology, stating all officers in the force would be reminded of the force’s policy on recording ‘Hate Crimes for Sex Workers’.

Officers reviewed West Yorkshire Police’s ‘Crime Recording and Finalisation’ policy and found the policy states that ‘offences committed against sex workers will be recorded as hate crimes.’

The letter reads: “Please accept my apology on behalf of West Yorkshire Police for any distress or confusion this incident has caused and if you were left feeling vulnerable as a result of any of the above highlighted issues.”

Lillie first got into the industry two and a half years ago as a means of paying for a nursing degree.

Her five year plan was to save up enough money to pay for her studies in full and she now earns anything from £120 to £150 an hour.

Although she works from home, part of her job can see her going to different cities and meeting up with her clients in hotels.

This ‘going on tour’ part of her job can makes her more money and has opened the door for her to leave Bradford and move somewhere else.

Speaking about her job over the last two years, she said: “It’s the best thing I have ever done in my life.

“I run a legal business, so people shouldn’t have a problem with that because I don’t do anything wrong.

“It gives me the freedom to live a life that I love.

“I don’t depend on a partner or a husband for money and I work whenever I want. I am my own person and that’s what I love.”

Lillie decided to start working in the industry after reading blogs about other women’s experiences.

Despite the job’s obvious dangers, Lillie admits she is always careful about who she lets into her home and the men are always checked and verified through online accounts.

There are perks too, with one client taking Lillie with him on an all-expenses paid business trip to Amsterdam.

She added: “I’ve never had any bad experiences.

“There’s always going to be a risk, but it’s about minimising that risk and I’m as safe as I can be by verifying.

“I will tell my mum what I’m doing and if she hasn’t heard anything from me within thirty minutes she phones me.

“The men are from all walks of life and I don’t do drugs.

“I want to change opinions on what I do and if I can change one then that’s a good thing.”