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Prostitution

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to hold a public consultation on the proposals contained in her Department's review Tackling the Demand for Prostitution. (244914)

The Review of Tackling the Demand for Prostitution engaged with key stakeholders and practitioners, including the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service as well as a variety of organisations that provide support to individuals involved in prostitution, and considered a range of evidence from a number of sources. There are no plans to conduct a public consultation on the recommendations of the review.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the average age of people working as prostitutes; on what research that estimate is based; and if she will place in the Library a copy of that research; (244925)

(2) 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, (d) suffering from a drug addiction, (e) homeless, (f) supporting dependants and (e) working for another person's gain; on what research each estimate is based; and if she will place in the Library a copy of that research.