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Prostitution

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to the application of the definition of a prostitute controlled for another person's gain to male and female prostitutes in circumstances where the other person is (a) a receptionist, (b) also working as a prostitute, (c) working as a prostitute on the same premises, (d) a partner or a flatmate who shares premises with the prostitute, (e) a landlord letting the premises where the prostitute is working and (f) a dependant. (242658)

We have announced our intention to include the offence of controlling a prostitute for gain in the forthcoming Policing and Crime Bill, which will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time allows. An explanation of the intended application of this offence will be given during the passage of this Bill.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to the application of the definition of a prostitute controlled for another person's gain to male and female prostitutes in circumstances where the prostitute has voluntarily entered into a working relationship with another person. (242659)

We have announced our intention to include the offence of controlling a prostitute for gain in the forthcoming Policing and Crime Bill, which will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time allows. An explanation of the intended application of this offence will be given during the passage of this Bill.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of prostitutes working in the UK who are (a) women, (b) men, (c) under the age of 16 years, (d) addicted to drugs, (e) homeless, (f) supporting dependants and (g) working for another person's gain; on what research her estimates are based; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the research. (242661)