The most popular sex workers in London are getting paid a fraction of what the city’s police officers earn.
It comes as London Police officers are being criticised for a lack of uniform, which has led to a rise in street prostitution.
The issue has become a hot topic after the Metropolitan Police released figures showing that on average, officers in the capital make £1,836 per week, compared with £1.1m for their London counterparts.
The figures also showed that the number of sex workers has fallen by around 80% since 2010.
But sex workers themselves are not happy with the citys policing.
A recent survey found that over 60% of them do not want to work in the city, and are not even willing to accept a job offer.
In fact, only 8% of respondents said they would work in a place where there was a risk of being arrested or jailed for sex work.
The survey also found that just a quarter of respondents who are currently working in the UK said they were willing to return to the UK to continue their career.
And the Metropolitan police are not the only ones to be criticised for not enforcing their own laws.
A survey carried out by the Independent found that one in three sex workers surveyed did not know how to report abuse.
“It’s absolutely disgusting that these services are so vulnerable to exploitation and there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure these women are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” a sex worker told the BBC.
“I feel that they need to be recognised as workers and treated as workers who are treated equally to anyone else in the sex industry.”
Police forces across the UK have come under criticism in recent years for not taking measures to ensure that the safety of sex work workers is protected.
A report released in April by the Campaign for Sex Workers said that the police force in Nottingham had failed to properly enforce a strict ‘no-holds barred’ policy.
The Nottinghamshire force, which is in the North West of England, has not made any arrests for sex workers since 2012, but has since introduced a ‘no contact’ policy, which means that anyone who approaches a sex workers is required to tell police.
Police have also come under fire for failing to properly investigate allegations of human trafficking, including the case of an underage girl who was allegedly trafficked by a police officer to a brothel in the town of Walsall.
The Campaign for Sexual Health also highlighted a lack in the number and number of complaints received by police about sex workers.
Last year, it reported that the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) had only recorded one complaint about sex work in relation to a police investigation.
The PSNI has been accused of “covering up” incidents of trafficking of underage girls, with the report saying that police officers have not been able to properly follow up on the allegations.