Warning: this might make you blush.
Sex can be a taboo subject but more people these days seem happy to post saucy pictures of themselves online to attract a partner – or multiple partners – or to take part in voyeurism and exhibitionist sex.
Others chose to hire the services of sex workers – and the trade appears to be booming in Cambridge.
Sex may be talked about in hushed tones but here are just some of the reasons the city is more open about carnal knowledge than you might think.
Swingers came to the fore in the 1970s and carry on today. Back in the day it was all about pampas grass in the garden as a signal a swinger lived there and the throwing of car keys on the table to pick a partner.
Swingers – in a nutshell – are people who take part in group sex and comfortable swapping sexual partners.
Several websites where people can advertise their fantasies are online and a quick search will bring up a lot of people from Cambridgeshire.
One middle aged couple wrote: "New to this .. . curious couple who would like a like-minded lady to join us for fun and exploring."
In another advert a woman from Cambridge wrote: "Hi! I'm Alex and recently I realised I'm a lot into girls. I'm here just for fun and looking only for girls or couples."
And a middle-aged couple from Cambridge wrote: "We are just dipping our toes in the water to see if this is a real possibility! She would like to experience a lady and he would like to watch."
Last year (2017) a swingers' club at Hotel Ace, at Alconbury Truckstop named Tease II closed after being based at the hotel since 2011.
Another swingers club, Club Tease on Norman Way Industrial Estate in Over, closed down about eight years ago.
It attracted about 60 customers on Friday and Saturday nights and had 3,000 members.
Of course many of these swingers must still be among us and pampas grass isn’t the only giveaway that the house’s residents are into liberal sexual practices.
Other secret swinger symbols include wearing a black ring, a woman wearing an anklet, toe rings or thumb rings.
White landscaping rocks and pink or purple decorations in the front garden can be a signal of swinger activity – as well as pineapples in the form of a door knocker as another swinger signal. So keep an eye out.
Those who get a kick out of others watching them have sex chose the outdoors to perform – usually in car parks or secluded areas.
A mattress in a wood might be a tell-take sign there has been some dogging going on.
Participants often meet and share information online and several websites contain lists of popular dogging locations in Cambridgeshire including a quarry pit, nature reserve, near a model farm and public swimming pool.
Locations listed include the 'green road' Sawston and Whittlesey nature reserve.
Doggers were warned off from a Cambridge location at the Gog Magogs after complaints from dog walkers.
Some doggers in Cambridge go to extreme lengths to find a secluded spot – so you should manage to avoid them.
Well, there is only one in Cambridge.
The Private Shop in Chesterton Road is the last of its kind in the city – which once had three and a lapdancing club called Talk of the Town near the Grafton Centre. It closed several years ago.
The last sex shop in the city has been selling a wide range of videos, sex toys and gadgets for 30 years.
It is licenced by Cambridge City Council and is the only sex shop within a 20 mile radius.
Pop-up brothels and escorts
This industry seems to be booming in Cambridge.
The number of pop-up brothels uncovered in the area more than doubled in two years.
A total of 26 of the sex establishments were identified by police last year (2017) – which is up from 17 in 2016 and 11 the previous year, according to data released using freedom of information laws.
Flats in Cambridge are being rented to use as pop-up brothels or by lone sex workers and the new CB1 area has been highlighted as one area used by sex workers, as the Newsreported.
Police have visited sex workers in Great Northern Road, Warren Close, Cherry Hinton Road and Glenalmond Avenue as part of a bid to safeguard them.
Detective Inspector Nick Skipworth revealed how travelling sex workers rent apartments in the city for up to £1,500 a week.
Prostitution is legal in England and people can both buy and sell sex services.
But it is illegal to:
- Advertise sex in phone boxes
- Kerb crawl, or approach someone in public for sex
- Own or run a brothel
- Coerce or exploit someone to sell sex – such as pimping
- Traffic people into or around the UK for sex
- To pay for sex with anyone under 18
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