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Prostitution Offences (R016172) June 2017

Thank you for your e-mail of 25 May 2017 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

"I would like you to provide me with information on the number of charges brought in Scotland for the following prostitution related offences covering the period 2002 to 2016. Please also provide me with information on the outcomes of these cases i.e. how many convictions, acquittals, cautions issued etc.

I note that information on these offences is already provided on your website for the period 2003-04 to 2012-13. Please, therefore, provide me with the missing years, 2002-03 and 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

1. Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 S46(1)(a) - Prostitution - loiter

2. Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 S46(1)(b) - Prostitution - solicit

3. Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 S46(1)(c) - Prostitution - importune person

4. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 S22(1)(a)(i) - Arrange or facilitate arrival in/travel to UK with intention of exercising control over prostitution

5. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 S22(1)(a)(ii) - Arrange or facilitate arrival in/travel to UK belief another person unknown prosecutor exercised prostitution

6. Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 S1 in conjunction with S3(3) or S3(5)(a)(i) - Trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation or prostitution

7. Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 S11(1)(a) - Immoral earnings - Male

8. Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 S11(1)(b) - Persistently solicit

9. Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 S11(4) - Immoral earnings - Female

10. Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 S11(5)(a)(6) - keeps or manages a brothel

11. Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 S11(5)(b)(6) - Tenant, occupier of brothel

12. Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 S11(5)(c)&(6) - Agent of lesser/landlord party to use of premises as brothel

13. Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 S7(1)(a) - Procure/attempt to procure a woman under 21 to have unlawful intercourse with any other person

14. Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 S7(1)(b) - Procure a girl/woman to become a common prostitute in any part of the world

15. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 S1(1) - Person solicits relevant place for purpose of obtaining services of prostitute

16. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 S1(3) - Person loiters in relevant place so that infer purpose obtain services of prostitute"

You have referred to a previous FOI response in your request which is accessible on our web-site at and have requested the same information for further periods. You have additionally requested the outcomes of the prosecutions i.e. how many convictions, acquittals, cautions issued etc. I have interpreted that your request for additional information also relates to the periods in the previous request.

I attach at Annex A a table which contains data relating to prostitution charges prosecuted and the outcomes from 2002/03 to 2016/17.

In respect of the small differences in the data from the previous response, I can explain that COPFS case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet our business needs in relation to the processing of criminal cases, and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes. This does mean that the data contained therein can change as live cases are updated.

If you wish to receive more detailed information about those charges convicted I would advise you to refer your request to the Scottish Government. Statistical information can be extracted more easily from the Scottish Government Justice Department’s Court Proceedings Database which is designed to provide statistical information. It contains information about cases prosecuted and convictions obtained in all courts and you can contact them by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 0131 244 2927.


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