Prostitution related arrests in 2008

R Dewsbury made this Freedom of Information request to Sussex Police

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please supply the following information under the Freedom of
Information Act.

1) How many people were arrested for soliciting prostitutes or kerb crawling by Sussex police in each month of 2008.

3) Of those arrested in each month the number who were a) released without charge

b) cautioned

c) charged

d) fined

e) If none of the above can be applied to each arrest I would like to know how the crime was dealt with.

I look forward to receiving your reply within the 20 day statutory time limit.

Yours faithfully

Ricki Dewsbury

Sussex Police

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April

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you inform me who does hold this information? Sussex police record all arrests that have been made. You therefor should be able to find records of any arrests if they have been made. If there are no records of arrests for soliciting or importuning by a man then please point out that there have be no arrests.

Please be reminded that you have broken the law by not providing a response to my Freedom of Information request without a valid explanation or exemption. I am therefor requesting an internal review which I expected to be carried out promptly or you will be reported to the information commissioner.

For your future guidance I have included sections 1 and 2 from the Sexual Offences Act 1985 which should help you to find the information. Please see below.

Soliciting of women by men
1 Kerb-crawling

(1)A man commits an offence if he solicits a woman (or different women) for the purpose of prostitution—

(a)from a motor vehicle while it is in a street or public place; or

(b)in a street or public place while in the immediate vicinity of a motor vehicle that he has just got out of or off,

persistently or, F1. . . in such manner or in such circumstances as to be likely to cause annoyance to the woman (or any of the women) solicited, or nuisance to other persons in the neighbourhood.

(2)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale F2. . ..

(3)In this section “motor vehicle” has the same meaning as in [F3the Road Traffic Act 1988].
Annotations:
Amendments (Textual)

F1Words in s. 1(1) repealed (5.11.1993) by 1993, c. 50, s. 1(1); Sch. 1, Pt. I Gp. 1

F2Words in s. 1(2) repealed (5.11.1993) by 1993, c. 50, s. 1(1); Sch. 1, Pt. XIV

F3Words substituted by Road Traffic (Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 (c. 54, SIF 107:1), s. 4, Sch. 4 para. 29
2 Persistent soliciting of women for the purpose of prostitution

(1)A man commits an offence if in a street or public place he persistently solicits a woman (or different women) for the purpose of prostitution.

(2)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale F1. . ..
Annotations:
Amendments (Textual)

F1Words in s. 2(2) repealed (5.11.1993) by 1993, c. 50, s. 1(1); Sch. 1, Pt. XIV

Yours sincerely,

R Dewsbury

Sussex Police

Dear Mr Dewsbury for the avoidance of doubt the fact that we have no
record of any such arrests reflects that there have not been any. The
Act requires us to reply in terms of whether or not we hold information.

Regards

Freedom of Information Disclosure Office
Corporate Development Department
Sussex Police
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