A mistrust of the police and support services means sex workers in Devon and Cornwall are failing to report abusive and violent predators who pose a risk to the wider public, it's claimed.
A national charity said reports of abuse were a fraction of the actual crimes committed because of a breakdown in trust between victims and the authorities. Now front line services such as the police are being trained to support sex workers better.
Sex worker Charlotte Rose said it was a positive step forward.
She said: "If they are prepared in trying to create a relationship with sex workers so they do have that trust, so they would be able to go to them in the first instance, then that would be absolutely fantastic and that is something that we should all support."
Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were committed to supporting people who had been abused, regardless of their profession, and they urged victims to come forward.