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Postscript - Five years ago: EL proposal for legal prostitutes

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Proposed changes to prostitution laws in the UK have prompted discussions about whether sex workers would be eligible for employers' liability insurance.

The law may be changed to allow two prostitutes and a receptionist to work together legally in brothels and, according to one expert, they could be entitled to obtain cover. Phil Bell, technical liability manager at insurer Royal and Sun Alliance, said that although there were inherent risks associated with the trade — violence, diseases and drug-related issues — if two or more prostitutes formed a company they would most likely be allowed to get EL.

However, Mr Bell stated that it would largely depend on the conditions the small brothels would be regulated under. "If, like in other countries, it is regulated under strict conditions and policed regularly then it would probably be fine to offer them insurance.

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