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Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for (a) soliciting for the purposes of prostitution in a public place, (b) keeping a brothel and (c) control of prostitution in respect of offences committed in each London borough in financial year (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11; and what the equivalent figure is for 2011-12 to date.

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Crispin Blunt (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation); Reigate, Conservative)

The number of defendants found guilty of offences related to prostitution at all courts in Greater London, for 2009 and 2010 (latest available) can be viewed in the table.

Centrally held court proceedings data are not available at London borough level, thus data for Greater London (including the City of London and Metropolitan police force areas) have been provided in lieu.

Annual court proceedings data for 2011 are planned for publication in May, 2012.

Number of defendants found guilty of offences related to prostitution at all courts in the Greater London (1) police force area, 2009 and 2010 (2,3)
Offence (4) 2009 2010
Soliciting for the purposes of prostitution in a public place 65 92
Keeping a brothel 15 18
Control of prostitution 4 9
(1) Comprises the Metropolitan end City of London police force areas. (2) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence 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. (3) 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. (4) Includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions: Soliciting for the purposes of prostitution in a public place: Sexual Offences Act 1985, S.1 Common prostitute loitering or soliciting for the purpose of prostitution Sexual Offences Act 2003, S.51 A Solicit another for the purpose of obtaining their sexual services as a prostitute in a street/public place Keeping a brothel: Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.33A as added by the Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.55 Keeping a brothel for prostitution Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.33 Keeping a brothel Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.34 Letting premises for use as a brothel Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.35 Tenant permitting premises to be used as a brothel Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.36 Tenant permitting premises to be used for prostitution Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.33 as amended by the Sexual Offences Act 1967 Keeping a brothel for homosexual practices Sexual Offences Act 1956 s.34 Letting premises for use as a brothel for homosexual practices Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.35 as amended by the Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.53 Tenant permitting premises to be used as a brothel for homosexual practices Similar provisions in Local Acts Other offences against keeping a brothel Control of prostitution: Sexual Offences Act 2001 s.53 Controlling prostitution for gain Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services

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