A significant proportion said that they were from Romania and were sending money home to their children and families, according to a report by the Eaves for Women charity.
They were said to be soliciting men at the entrance to hotels in areas popular with tourists, such as Park Lane.
“This group of women tend to sell sex on the street in groups and are highly mobile. Some are transported by taxi and privately owned vans to on-street sites known as hotspots for street prostitution,” said the study, with prostitutes spotted leaving cash at makeshift drop sites.
Some prostitutes appeared to be as young as 14.
There were also accounts of “male minders” watching over the women. In one area of London there was a “Godfather-like” figure who controlled many of the Romanian women.
Source: IB Times