HL Deb 05 March 2001 vol 623 cc5-6WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people involved in the illegal provision of sexual services were arrested in England and Wales in 2000; and how many of these had limited leave to remain in the United Kingdom or were here without leave. [HL868]

Lord Bassam of Brighton

Individual offences are not identified separately in centrally collected arrests data. However, the table, derived from the Home Office Court Proceedings and Cautions Database, shows persons proceeded against and those cautioned for offences of procuration, brothel keeping and prostitution in England and Wales in 1999.

The Immigration Service does not routinely receive statistics on police arrests for non-immigration criminal offences such as the provision of sexual services. No correlation of these offences and immigration status can therefore be made.

Prosecutions and cautions for certain sexual offences, England and Wales, 1999
Offence description Persons proceeded against Persons cautioned
Indictable offences
Procuration 1:
Procuring female for immoral purposes, or using drugs to obtain or facilitate sexual intercourse 5 3
Householder permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16 1
Person responsible for girl under 16 causing or encouraging her prostitution etc 1
Living on earnings of prostitution or exercising control over prostitute 48 9
Man or woman living wholly or in part on the earnings of male prostitution 1
Male of or over the age of 21 procuring or attempting to procure or being party to the commission by a male under 18 of an act of gross indecency with another male 1 2
Male procuring or attempting to procure or being party to the commission by a male of an act of gross indecency with another male, other than above 7 3
Summary offences
Brothel keeping 2 54 17
Offences by prostitutes 3 3,688 1,973
Persons aiding and abetting offences by prostitutes 3 3
1 ss. 2, 3, 4, 12, 22. 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and s. 5(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1967.
2 ss. 33, 34, 35, 36 of the Sexual offences Act 1956 (and as amended by the Sexual Offences Act 1967).
3 ss. 3 and 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 and s. 1 of the Street Offences Act 1959 and similar offences.