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Prostitution: Prosecutions

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many men aged (a) 40 to 49, (b) 50 to 59, (c) 60 to 69, (d) 70 to 79 and (e) 80 years and above were prosecuted for offences relating to prostitution in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) offence and (ii) police force area. (202318)

The information requested covering offences relating to prostitution is provided in the following tables.

The figures given relate to males for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Number of males aged 40-49 proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences related to prostitution, by police force area and offence class, England and Wales 1997 to 20061, 2, 3, 4

Procuration

Child prostitution and pornography5

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

1

1

1

2

1

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

1

1

1

1

Cheshire

1

City of London

Cleveland

1

1

Derbyshire

1

1

Devon and Cornwall

1

1

1

Dorset

1

Durham

1

Essex

1

Gloucestershire

1

Greater Manchester

2

2

1

Hampshire

1

1

1

1

1

Hertfordshire

1

1

Humberside

1

Kent

Lancashire

1

1

1

Leicestershire

1

1

Merseyside

1

1

3

1

1

Metropolitan Police

2

2

1

1

1

5

2

5

1

1

1

Norfolk

North Yorkshire

1

1

Northamptonshire

1

Northumbria

2

1

1

Nottinghamshire

2

1

1

South Yorkshire

1

Staffordshire

2

1

1

1

1

Suffolk

Sussex

2

Thames Valley

1

1

1

West Mercia

1

1

West Midlands

2

1

1

1

3

3

1

3

1

1

1

West Yorkshire

1

3

1

1

1

Wiltshire

2

Dyfed-Powys

1

Gwent

1

1

1

1

North Wales

2

1

South Wales

1

1

England and Wales

17

9

11

5

14

14

8

17

6

5

5

14

6

Brothel keeping

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

1

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

City of London

Cleveland

1

Derbyshire

Devon and Cornwall

Dorset

1

Durham

Essex

1

Gloucestershire

Greater Manchester

1

Hampshire

1

2

Hertfordshire

Humberside

Kent

Lancashire

Leicestershire

1

1

Merseyside

Metropolitan Police

1

1

1

3

Norfolk

North Yorkshire

Northamptonshire

Northumbria

Nottinghamshire

1

South Yorkshire

Staffordshire

2

Suffolk

Sussex

Thames Valley

West Mercia

West Midlands

1

1

West Yorkshire

Wiltshire

Dyfed-Powys

Gwent

North Wales

2

1

South Wales

1

England and Wales

2

1

3

2

1

1

6

9

Kerb crawling

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

5

1

1

1

4

1

1

2

Bedfordshire

3

1

1

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

City of London

10

9

3

2

1

Cleveland

1

15

22

47

40

33

52

43

31

26

Derbyshire

2

8

11

8

1

6

Devon and Cornwall

1

Dorset

6

1

1

2

2

2

1

3

Durham

Essex

5

3

2

10

1

1

1

Gloucestershire

Greater Manchester

24

14

5

18

9

6

5

9

5

6

Hampshire

5

2

5

6

8

1

3

5

Hertfordshire

Humberside

1

1

Kent

1

3

3

2

1

1

Lancashire

1

1

1

7

1

1

Leicestershire

2

1

1

3

Merseyside

3

12

3

2

Metropolitan Police

49

68

67

62

72

138

103

130

99

107

Norfolk

19

17

5

1

1

1

North Yorkshire

Northamptonshire

2

5

8

7

12

10

Northumbria

Nottinghamshire

13

16

12

13

14

7

1

2

3

3

South Yorkshire

2

1

1

1

6

18

10

4

3

Staffordshire

4

3

6

13

3

9

4

Suffolk

3

Sussex

4

1

2

Thames Valley

4

1

West Mercia

West Midlands

30

19

23

4

11

16

17

8

25

26

West Yorkshire

11

6

8

5

12

44

29

6

11

7

Wiltshire

1

Dyfed-Powys

Gwent

North Wales

South Wales

1

1

England and Wales

178

169

154

171

213

329

251

236

217

195

Number of males aged 50-59 proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences related to prostitution, by police force area and offence class, England and Wales 1997 to 20061, 2, 3, 4

Procuration

Child prostitution and pornography5

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

1

1

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

1

Cheshire

1

City of London

Cleveland

1

4

Derbyshire

1

1

Devon and Cornwall

Dorset

1

1

Durham

1

1

Essex

1

Gloucestershire

Greater Manchester

1

1

Hampshire

3

1

1

1

Humberside

1

Kent

1

3

Lancashire

2

1

Leicestershire

1

1

Merseyside

1

Metropolitan Police

4

1

2

1

2

4

1

Norfolk

1

Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire

1

1

South Yorkshire

Staffordshire

Suffolk

2

Surrey

Sussex

2

1

Thames Valley

1

West Mercia

1

1

West Midlands

1

1

1

1

West Yorkshire

1

1

Wiltshire

Dyfed-Powys

1

North Wales

1

South Wales

1

2

England and Wales

13

5

5

8

4

5

7

8

2

7

3

3

2

Brothel keeping

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

City of London

Cleveland

Derbyshire

Devon and Cornwall

Dorset

Durham

1

Essex

Gloucestershire

1

Greater Manchester

1

Hampshire

1

1

Humberside

Kent

Lancashire

1

Leicestershire

Merseyside

Metropolitan Police

Norfolk

Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire

South Yorkshire

1

Staffordshire

Suffolk

Surrey

Sussex

Thames Valley

West Mercia

West Midlands

West Yorkshire

1

1

1

Wiltshire

Dyfed-Powys

North Wales

1

South Wales

England and Wales

1

1

1

2

2

3

1

Kerb crawling

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

2

4

2

1

3

Bedfordshire

1

1

1

2

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

City of London

1

2

1

2

Cleveland

3

4

13

16

16

18

19

36

20

11

Derbyshire

1

4

2

1

2

2

Devon and Cornwall

1

Dorset

1

4

1

4

7

2

1

1

Durham

Essex

1

4

4

5

3

Gloucestershire

Greater Manchester

16

5

1

9

2

3

3

4

8

5

Hampshire

2

1

2

1

1

1

1

3

Humberside

Kent

1

1

1

3

Lancashire

1

1

1

3

3

3

1

Leicestershire

1

1

1

1

Merseyside

1

1

1

8

1

3

Metropolitan Police

24

35

27

28

26

31

33

36

42

27

Norfolk

6

2

2

3

1

1

Northamptonshire

3

5

3

4

2

Nottinghamshire

12

5

9

5

6

2

1

2

South Yorkshire

1

1

6

8

15

2

3

Staffordshire

1

2

2

9

2

1

3

2

Suffolk

1

1

2

1

Surrey

Sussex

2

3

1

Thames Valley

1

3

1

West Mercia

West Midlands

9

13

4

4

11

8

11

11

7

10

West Yorkshire

6

6

5

3

6

15

20

6

11

3

Wiltshire

1

1

2

Dyfed-Powys

North Wales

South Wales

2

3

1

1

England and Wales

87

87

69

83

106

117

124

114

109

77

Number of males aged 60 and over proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences related to prostitution, by age group, police force area and offence class, England and Wales 1997 to 20061, 2, 3, 4

Procuration

Child prostitution and pornography

Age group and Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2004

2005

2006

60-69

Avon and Somerset

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

Cleveland

Derbyshire

Dorset

1

Durham

3

Essex

Greater Manchester

1

1

Hampshire

Kent

Lancashire

2

1

Leicestershire

Merseyside

1

Metropolitan Police

2

1

1

1

1

Norfolk

1

Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire

South Yorkshire

1

Staffordshire

Sussex

1

1

Thames Valley

West Midlands

1

1

West Yorkshire

1

Wiltshire

Dyfed-Powys

1

-

South Wales

-

Total

4

3

3

2

1

5

1

1

2

2

70-79

Cleveland

Greater Manchester

Hampshire

Lancashire

Metropolitan Police

1

2

Norfolk

Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire

South Yorkshire

Staffordshire

Thames Valley

1

West Midlands

West Yorkshire

Total

1

1

2

80 and over

Cleveland

Suffolk

1

West Midlands

Total

1

Brothel keeping

Age group and police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

60-69

Avon and Somerset

1

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

Cleveland

Derbyshire

Dorset

1

Durham

Essex

Greater Manchester

Hampshire

Kent

Lancashire

Leicestershire

Merseyside

1

1

Metropolitan Police

1

Norfolk

Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire

South Yorkshire

Staffordshire

2

Sussex

Thames Valley

West Midlands

1

1

West Yorkshire

1

Wiltshire

Dyfed-Powys

South Wales

Total

2

1

2

1

1

3

70-79

Cleveland

Greater Manchester

Hampshire

Lancashire

Metropolitan Police

Norfolk

Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire

South Yorkshire

Staffordshire

Thames Valley

West Midlands

West Yorkshire

Total

80 and over

Cleveland

Suffolk

West Midlands

Total

Kerb crawling

Age group and police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

60-69

Avon and Somerset

2

Bedfordshire

1

Cambridgeshire

1

Cleveland

1

3

7

2

3

4

6

3

3

Derbyshire

-

2

3

1

1

Dorset

1

1

1

Durham

Essex

1

1

1

Greater Manchester

2

4

1

2

2

1

1

5

4

Hampshire

1

1

2

Kent

1

Lancashire

Leicestershire

1

Merseyside

1

1

1

1

Metropolitan Police

12

6

11

8

12

10

10

20

7

6

Norfolk

1

2

1

1

1

Northamptonshire

1

2

1

4

2

Nottinghamshire

2

5

1

1

2

1

1

2

1

South Yorkshire

1

5

3

1

2

Staffordshire

1

1

2

1

Sussex

Thames Valley

1

1

West Midlands

3

1

2

1

2

1

2

3

7

4

West Yorkshire

1

4

2

7

12

3

2

Wiltshire

2

Dyfed-Powys

South Wales

1

1

Total

28

23

18

23

26

35

47

36

34

25

70-79

Cleveland

1

3

2

Greater Manchester

1

1

Hampshire

2

Lancashire

2

Metropolitan Police

2

1

2

4

2

1

1

Norfolk

1

1

Northamptonshire

1

Nottinghamshire

1

2

1

South Yorkshire

1

1

1

1

Staffordshire

1

Thames Valley

West Midlands

1

2

1

1

1

West Yorkshire

1

5

2

Total

4

6

3

2

4

8

11

7

4

2

80 and over

Cleveland

1

Suffolk

West Midlands

1

Total

2

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Staffordshire Police Force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.

3 Where a police force is not displayed in the table there were no defendants proceeded against for the offence from 1997 to 2006 within that force area.

4 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

5 Data not available for years prior to 2004 as offences under this category are under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which came into force on the 1st May 2004. The statute replaced many of the procuration offences in the table from 2004 onwards.

Source:

Court Proceedings Database - Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice