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Prostitution: Convictions

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 63749, tabled on 8 February 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions under section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 have been successful.

Answered on

20 February 2017

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts under section 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, as amended by Section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, in England and Wales from 2010 to 2015 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts of offences related to Policing and Crime Act 2009 (1), England and Wales, 2010 to 2015 (2)(3)








Proceeded against







Found Guilty







- ' Nil

(1) Includes the following offences:

Sec 53A of Sexual Offences act 2003 amended by Policing and Crime Act 2009.

(2) The figures given in the table 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.

Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.