In the United Kingdom, prostitution itself (the exchange of sexual services for money) is legal but a number of related activities, including soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel, pimping and pandering, are crimes.
It is illegal to buy sex from a person younger than 18, although the age of consent for non-commercial sex is 16.
Glasgow has an acknowledged red light area, which is covered by many CCTV cameras and police present is common.
Girls in the main are not charged with soliciting offences within this area.
Women are often involved in prostitution because of their need to fund drug use and because they have no other viable or legitimate means of earning the amount of money which they require.
Purchasers of streetwalkers are not tolerated in Glasgowr: the number of people caught kerb crawling in Glasgow was up 80% in 2011-12 – the highest figure since legislation was introduced.
Unfortunately a number of women involved in Glasgow also are responsible for other forms of criminality likely to be linked to the need for funds to pay for a drug addiction.
The most popular form of prostitution in Glasgow is escorts because it is so much safer and easier to work from indoors and just wait for the calls, than stand on the street corner during a rainy day.
Street Prostitution in Glasgow remains a significant issue for the city- Despite a perceived move 'off street', the number of girls involved in on-street prostitution in the past year is around 300.
This is seen as a short-term measure to ensure girl’s safety but is not viewed as a long-term solution.
The main Red-light district area is around Blythswood square and south of that towards Argyle street.
Community Safety Glasgow takes the view that prostitution is inherently harmful to those involved and therefore should not be tolerated.
Prostitution occurs across Glasgow 24 hours a day and as a result it is difficult to gain a full picture of exactly who is involved.
It won’t take long to speak to everyone present in order to find a suitable partner.