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Prevent white space in query being converted to percent 20

I have the following function in my model that I want to use to search for phrases and so on. However if I pass in more than one word the spaces are always converted to the percent20 symbol which breaks my query. How do I avoid this?

Also is this type of query secure? or do I need t escape $term first?

function get_search_entries($limit, $start, $term)
        $this->db->select('statuses.id, title, status, posted_by, created, rating, name');
        $this->db->join('categories', 'categories.id = statuses.category_id');
        $this->db->where('MATCH (title, status) AGAINST ("'.$term.'")', NULL, FALSE);
        $this->db->limit($limit, $start);
        $query = $this->db->get();
        if ($query->num_rows() > 0) {
            return $query->result();  
        return false;      

Cant believe nobody had an answer for this!. It appears that xxs filter automaticaly converts white space. any way it was solved by using :


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