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Prostitution

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many men were convicted of kerb crawling in each of the last five years at (a) the South Western magistrates court and (b) courts in England and Wales;(2) how many men were sent to prison for

(a) kerb crawling and (b) living on immoral earnings in each of the last five years by the South Western magistrates court;

(3) how many men were sent to prison for (a) living on immoral earnings and (b) kerb crawling by courts in England and Wales in each of the last five years;

(4) how many times the maximum fine has been imposed on men convicted (a) at the South Western magistrates court and (b) courts in England and Wales of kerb crawling in each of the last five years;

(5) how many women were convicted of soliciting (a) at the South Western magistrates court and (b) in England and Wales during each of the last five years.

The information requested is given in the tables:

Persons found guilty and sentenced for kerb crawling and prostitution
Table 1
Males convicted of kerb crawling
England and WalesSouth Western magistrates court
ConvictionsImmediate custodyNumber fined maximum1ConvictionsImmediate custodyNumber fined maximum1
21986163
1987275
198851736
1The maximum fine is £400.
2The offence was introduced by the Sexual Offences Act 1985.
Table 2
Males found guilty of living on immoral earnings
England and WalesSouth Western Magistrates court
YearFound guiltyImmediate custodyFound guiltyImmediate custody
19842911
19852581
19862471
1987167
19882911
Table 3
Females convicted of soliciting
YearEngland and Wales ConvictedSouth Western Magistrates court Convicted
19848,595402
19859,159579
19869,091288
19878,171399
19888,829226