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Policing sex work

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Hello,

I’m a reporter with Newsquest’s Data Investigations Unit and I’m currently researching
the policing of sex work.

With that in mind, I’d be grateful if you could provide as full an answer as possible to the questions below. If the questions need refining in order for you to provide that response, please also assist as far as you are able in suggesting appropriate rephrasing.

If you believe the cost/time limit may be exceeded in the carrying out of this request, please prioritise most recent years and work backwards to provide the information requested until you hit the cost/time limit.

With the above in mind, I would like to know:

1. How many arrests the force has carried out in relation to sex work/prostitution offences, including but not limited to:

• Loitering or Soliciting for Prostitution
• Keeping a Brothel
• Paying for Sexual Services
• “Kerb Crawling”
• Advertising - Placing of Adverts in Telephone Boxes
• Advertising - Placing of Advertisements in Newspapers
• Exploitation of Prostitution - Causing or Inciting Prostitution for Gain: Section 52 Sexual Offences Act 2003
• Controlling Prostitution for Gain: Section 53 Sexual Offences Act 2003
• Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation: Section 2 Modern Slavery Act 2015
• Sexual Exploitation of Children
• 'Sex for Rent’ Arrangements and Advertisements

For each offence description listed, I would like to know the number of arrests for each year, broken down for 2015/16/17/18/19 respectively.

2. For each arrest, I would like to know the following:

a. The outcome of the investigation
b. The gender of the person arrested, their age and nationality
c. Whether the arrest resulted in a referral to immigration authorities/officers
d. Where the arrest did result in a referral to immigration authorities, what the outcome of that investigation was

For questions 1 and 2, please provide the answer in an xlsx format, with column headings as follows:

Force Name – Year - Offence Description – Investigation Outcome – Gender of Arrested Person - Age - Nationality – Immigration Referral Y/N – Outcome of Immigration Referral

3. How many operations/raids/crackdowns has the force carried out in relation to issues around sex work/trafficking/prostitution? Please provide for each year between 2015-2019:

a. The date of the operation and its name
b. The purpose of the operation
c. The number of arrests as a result of the operation and what those arrests were for
d. How many officers were involved in carrying out the operation

Please provide information for question 3 in a separate worksheet within the same Excel document with column headings as follows:

Force Name – Year – Date of Operation – Name of Operation – Purpose of Operation – No of Arrests – No of Officers

4. How many PSPOs/ASBOs/FPNs has the force issued (or being involved in the issuing of) in relation to sex work between 2015-2019? For each instance, please breakdown what the orders were issued for and what the terms of them were, in a separate worksheet as follows:
Force Name – Year – PSPO or ASBO – Terms – Amount requested in fines or FPNS

6. Which external charities/support agencies or organisations does the force refer/signpost sex workers to?

Yours faithfully,

Joanna Morris

Data Protection, Leicestershire Constabulary

 

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FOI, Leicestershire Constabulary

Good Morning Joanna Morris,
I acknowledge receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
This is receiving our attention and a response will be sent to you in due course and within the specified time.

Kind Regards
Linda Dempsey
Freedom of Information Officer
Information Management Section
Corporate Services
Leicestershire Police

http://leics.police.uk
mail to: [email address]
or [email address]
Tel: 101. Extn 3307385 Voice Mail 7385

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Hello,

This request is now considerably overdue. Could you please advise as to when I'll be receiving the disclosure requested?

Yours sincerely,

Joanna Morris

FOI, Leicestershire Constabulary

Good Afternoon Joanna,
Please accept my apologies that you have had cause to chase your response.
Due to the considerable amount of requests being received by Leicestershire Police recently, we do not have the resources to provide the information within the specified time.
The analyst who was processing your request is on annual leave and I am unable to access his work.
He returns to the office on Friday and I will check with him immediately upon his return to work.

Kind Regards

Linda Dempsey
Freedom of Information Officer
Information Management Section
Specialist Services
Leicestershire Police

http://leics.police.uk
mail to: [email address]
or [email address]
Tel: 101. Extn 3308035 Voice Mail 8035

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Hello,

Is there any update you can provide in relation to this request, please? I presume the person dealing with it has long since returned from annual leave and I'd really appreciate a response as soon as possible as it is now considerably overdue.

Yours sincerely,

Joanna Morris

FOI, Leicestershire Constabulary

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Good Afternoon Joanna Morris,

Please find attached our response to your FOI request.

 

Leicestershire Police wish to apologise that the response is over the time
specified under the legislation and trust this has not caused you too much
inconvenience

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Linda Dempsey

Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management Section

Specialist Services

Leicestershire Police

 

[1]http://leics.police.uk

mail to: [2][email address]

or [3][Leicestershire Police request email]

Tel: 101. Extn 3308035 Voice Mail 8035

 

 

 

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