Airbnb properties are being rented by prostitutes who use them as pop-up brothels, according to reports, writes Harry Kemble.
In the UK, keeping a brothel where more than one prostitute sells sex is illegal.
A prostitute has told BBC South East that sex workers used short-term rental websites such Airbnb because it was “just so easy” and you can get a “premises with just a few clicks”.
Next year, an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) is due to publish a report into pop-up brothels.
The inquiry will focus on the off-street sex trade.
Sex worker Charlotte Rose told the BBC: “Airbnb is just so easy. You can get a premises with just a few clicks, plus you are not having a massive outlay for so many months in advance for renting somewhere.”
In a statement given to the BBC, Airbnb said: “We have zero tolerance for this type of behaviour and permanently remove bad actors [guests] from our platform.
“Over 260 million have travelled on Airbnb and bad experiences are extremely rare.”