Lap dancing clubs, sex shops and sex cinemas numbers in England have fallen by a third in the past five years.
The BBC England Data Unit sent Freedom of Information requests to all local councils responsible for issuing sex establishment licences with 281 out of 327 responding to how many they had issued. The total number of ex establishment licences
issued by councils dropped from 386 in 2013 to 256 in 2018.
The figures reveal the number of sex establishment licences rose between 2011 and 2013 as lap dancing clubs had to apply for new licences after the introduction of the Police and Crime Act 2009. Previously, such clubs had been regulated under laws
designed to control pubs and nightclubs. Since 2013 the number of active licences has declined every year.
The data supplied by local authorities shows no major city in England has seen an increase in the number of sexual entertainment licences since 2013.
They also suggest the number of active licences has fallen by two-thirds in London. The local authority area of Westminster which takes in Soho, an area synonymous with the British sex industry, has seen the biggest fall in the number of active
licences, from 31 in 2013 to four at the beginning of 2018.