Keeping A Brothel Offences - 316/23

Date Responded 06 March 2023

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Under the FOI act please could I request the incident summary / current summary / modus operandi summary (or whatever your force calls the equivalent) of the 10 most recent offences of keeping a brothel, and the outcome of each. Please redact any identifying personal or identifying information.

By the offence of 'keeping a brothel' I mean to include any of the following offences (and any other similar ones I may have missed):
Conspire To Manage / Assist In Management Of A Brothel
Keep / Manage A Brothel Used For Prostitution
Keep A Brothel
Manage / Assist In Management Of A Heterosexual Brothel
Permit Use Of Premises As A Brothel

On 16 February 2023 you asked “for each incident please could you include the year it took place”.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Data is from 01/01/2017 and this yielded the three offences reported.





Premises being used and managed by suspect to facilitate the prostitution of several individuals inside.   



Known male  shouts verbal abuse at victim on a number of occasions.

Evidential Difficulties


5 known individuals reside in dwelling which is being used as a brothel for an unknown period of time.

Evidential Difficulties


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 a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes.  The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.  As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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