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Prostitution

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) successfully prosecuted for (i) kerb-crawling and (ii) running a brothel in each police authority area in each of the last 10 years. (203796)

The information requested regarding arrests is not collected centrally. The arrests collection undertaken by the Ministry of Justice provides data on persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, by age group, gender, ethnicity, and main offence group, i.e. robbery, burglary, sexual offences etc. From data reported centrally we are not able to identify the specific offences from within the main sexual offences group.

The information regarding successful prosecutions for the offences of ‘kerb crawling' and ‘brothel keeping' is provided in the table. The figures for brothel keeping encompass the full range of related offences. There are eight such offences, including: ‘keeping a brothel'; ‘letting premises for use as a brothel'; and ‘tenant permitting premises to be used for prostitution'.

The figures provided relate to persons 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 persons found guilty at all courts for 'brothel keeping' and 'kerb crawling' offences, by police force area, England and Wales 1997-20061, 2

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Brothel Keeping

107

Avon and Somerset

1

Cheshire

2

City of London

1

Cleveland

3

2

Devon and Cornwall

1

1

Dorset

3

3

Essex

5

Gloucestershire

1

1

Greater Manchester

1

1

3

1

Hampshire

1

4

1

3

2

3

2

1

Hertfordshire

1

1

Humberside

Lancashire

1

1

1

1

Leicestershire

1

1

Merseyside

4

1

4

2

1

1

Metropolitan Police

9

2

3

2

2

2

4

North Yorkshire

1

1

Northamptonshire

1

Northumbria

2

Nottinghamshire

1

South Yorkshire

1

3

Staffordshire

2

1

Surrey

1

Thames Valley

1

1

West Mercia

1

1

2

West Midlands

2

3

2

1

2

1

West Yorkshire

1

1

3

1

1

1

4

Wiltshire

1

Dyfed—Powys

1

Gwent

1

2

North Wales

1

5

South Wales

1

1

1

England and Wales

26

13

33

14

7

8

4

15

11

18

Kerb Crawling

165

Avon and Somerset

20

2

1

1

9

2

2

1

7

Bedfordshire

1

1

1

1

6

2

5

1

1

Cambridgeshire

1

City of London

7

1

Cleveland

10

46

109

214

154

137

152

202

109

62

Derbyshire

1

6

32

29

16

8

16

6

Devon and Cornwall

1

3

Dorset

17

9

4

8

10

4

4

13

Essex

27

16

10

30

10

3

1

1

Greater Manchester

86

54

12

61

35

22

19

22

8

8

Hampshire

9

3

10

15

10

12

8

6

7

8

Humberside

1

1

1

Kent

2

1

6

5

3

5

Lancashire

1

2

1

9

5

4

2

Leicestershire

8

10

2

4

16

1

1

Merseyside

7

2

2

34

1

5

7

Metropolitan Police

303

311

301

264

294

348

339

377

288

259

Norfolk

68

37

17

6

2

2

1

Northamptonshire

12

8

28

29

42

45

Nottinghamshire

56

65

45

25

46

17

6

8

16

12

South Yorkshire

9

2

1

4

31

39

45

7

8

2

Staffordshire

17

4

1

10

29

14

15

14

2

Suffolk

1

5

1

Thames Valley

1

3

6

Warwickshire

1

West Mercia

1

West Midlands

104

93

44

42

49

72

67

39

66

52

West Yorkshire

60

35

36

19

26

116

113

26

45

41

Wiltshire

2

3

1

1

2

3

South Wales

4

4

1

1

3

1

1

England and Wales

813

700

599

700

775

891

834

760

635

532

1 These data are on the principal offence basis. 2 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. Note: Where a police force area does not appear in the table there have been no convictions within that area for kerb crawling or brothel keeping. Source: Court proceedings database—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of justice.