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Prostitution

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL7173, tabled on 23 April 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been (1) arrested, (2) charged, and (3) convicted, under section 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in each calendar year since that provision came into force in 2010; and what penalty was imposed in cases of conviction.

Answered on

8 May 2018

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and the number of offenders found guilty and sentenced by type of sentence at all courts under section 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, from 2010 to 2016 can be viewed in the table below.

Criminal justice statistics for 2017 are planned for publication in May 2018.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and number of offenders found guilty and sentenced by type of sentence at all courts under section 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003(1), England and Wales, 2010 to 2016(2)(3)

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total Proceeded Against

49

17

9

-

-

2

-

Total Guilty

43

12

6

-

-

2

-

Total Sentenced

43

12

6

-

-

2

-

of which:

Immediate Custody

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Suspend Sentence

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Community Sentences

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Fine

29

8

3

-

-

2

-

Absolute Discharge

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Conditional Discharge

12

3

2

-

-

-

-

Otherwise dealt with

1

1

1

-

-

-

-

' - ' = Nil

(1) Section 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 inserted 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.

Arrests and Charging data are not held by the Ministry of Justice.