Hull is the UK’s only city to have banned sex workers from its red light district, effectively making prostitution illegal. The council says the policy is working, but Millie, who once worked on the streets herself, says it increases the danger for the women involved.
Sex work “slithered” into Millie’s life when she was in her twenties. “It happens quite slowly at first and then all of a sudden you’re in this mad cyclone and you can’t find your feet, you get lost,” she says.
The cocky bravado of the women in Hull’s red light district made it seem like an easy way of funding her drug addiction. But now, with more than five years on the streets behind her, she knows all that banter is just body armour against the violence and vileness that comes with the job.