What do they consider a small town in England?

The news keeps referring Ipswich, England as a small town

and that prostitute were taken from the redlight district.

In most small towns in the usa there's no way there would a

known red light district unless prostitution was legal.Maybe

Nevada. Is prostitution legal anywhere in England?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    i wouldnt have thought that ipswitch was a small town, i thought it was very big when i went there, one of the biggest ive ever been to. Ive been to Canterbury, which is a city, and Ipswitch is bigger than that. Where i live there is about 20,000-30,000 and that is normally considered a small-medium sized town, there is a brothel up on the hill i think, but not a red light district. and no prostitution is not legal

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ipswitch is a small county town, in that it is not a major center of industury, but part of the it computer corridor that runs up to cambridge. There is a city of Ipswitch in Australia (queensland) but the population density in Europe is much higher than in the USA.

    Small villages in Germany have brothals, so thats down to a culture thing. It is ilegal to use a prostitute here in the UK, but the act has been de-crimilised, to stop the prostitutes being exploited by crooked coppers, as they are in much of the USA, and much of the prostitution is to support a drug problem, that our social systems can't afford.

    With land use being so much more dense, in Europe, many of the prostitutes tend to hang around trading esttes at night, and these are what the media are refering to as the red light district, however, with Ipswitch being an ancient port on the River Orwell, like other ports, its a good place to find the seedy nightlife.

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  • Skidoo
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    From Wikipedia:

    In the United Kingdom, prostitution is not formally illegal, but several activities surrounding it are outlawed. In England and Wales, the legal situation is:

    * for a prostitute to loiter or conduct solicitation in a street or public place is illegal, therefore outlawing street prostitution.

    * it is also illegal for a potential client to solicit persistently, or solicit from a motor vehicle ("kerb crawling").

    * owning or running a brothel is illegal.

    * child prostitution is specifically illegal for the person paying (where child is defined as younger than 18, although the age of consent is 16)

    * controlling prostitution for gain is an offence, banning pimping.

    End Wikipedia Quote

    So basically, it's not actually illegal, but there's no legal way to do it!

    Ipswich is a small town compared to, say, London or Birmingham, but not a village which cld be just a pub, a post office, and three houses...

    Source(s): Wiki and living in the UK
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The population of Ipswich is over 100,000. In America this would certainly make it a city, but in Britain a city is only a city if:

    1. It has been known as a city since time immemorial, or

    2. It has a cathedral, or

    3. It has a university, or

    4. Some other reason it has been granted city status.

    None of which Ipswich has.

    So the term 'small town' is probably confusing you. It is called a town because it is not officially a city. Ipswich is actually fairly substantial in size and has a clearly defined red-light district.

    Prostitution is not explicitly illegal in the UK but activities surrounding it are banned in order to try to make it impossible.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, it's not legal, although a couple of Scottish cities did pilot a 'tolerance zone', where the police didn't arrest girls for soliciting, and there were regular patrols to protect them.

    Those, however, have been abandoned for one reason or another (politics, more than practicality).

    Ipswich is a small town, a very old one, but still quite small compared to Birmingham / London / Manchester etc. That doesn't mean you can spit across it though, it's got over 100,000 residents, according to the 2001 census.

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  • 1 decade ago

    except London, perhaps Birmingham and Edingurgh all areas where people live in United Kingdom are small towns.

    I have never been to Ipswich, yet I can imagine the red light district they are reffering to. what they mean is most likely to be a local strip club or a brothel, maybe a few street hookers hanging on a street corner.

    Even in London the so called red light district is of very low quality. A few streets in London's Soho (pubs and bars) area with plenty of dodgy sex shops, an adult cinema, a transvestite hooker andmaybe couple strip clubs. When you walk around there it is about all you can see. I would not even call it a red light district.

    Source(s): lived in London for last 3 years.
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  • kull
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Lake District, height District, North Yorkshire Moors, Northumberland, South Downs, Englands backyard & the abode Counties, Yorkshire Dales, intense height District, Cornwall, Ribble Valley, Cotswolds, Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, lots of the Shire cities, South West,

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  • 1 decade ago

    hey have you never been to nc, when i stay there prostitutes are all over the place

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