Prostitution: Prosecutions

Attorney General written question – answered on 30th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions of brothel owners or managers are (1) pending, and (2) completed, following the removal of women from their premises to Yarl's Wood and other detention centres.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of prosecutions of defendants charged with offences of keeping a brothel or of controlling prostitution. This information could only be obtained by a manual examination of CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.

While the CPS does not collect data on defendants prosecuted by specific offence or the outcome of any prosecution, information is available for the number of offences concerning the keeping or management of brothels and controlling prostitution, in which a prosecution commenced at magistrates’ courts. The table below shows the number of these offences recorded on the CPS’s Case Management System in each financial year over the last ten years.

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

Sexual Offences Act 1956 { 33 }

83

39

48

35

31

19

19

28

24

9

Sexual Offences Act 1956 { 33A }

130

70

106

92

54

31

72

75

63

63

Sexual Offences Act 2003 { 52 }

17

11

24

19

11

9

25

13

7

32

Sexual Offences Act 2003 { 53 }

93

87

87

61

39

49

58

87

92

64

TOTAL

323

207

265

207

135

108

174

203

186

168

Data Source: CPS Management Information System

It should be noted that the figures relate to the number of offences and not the number of individual defendants. It is often the case that an individual defendant is charged with more than one offence against the same victim.

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