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Sex Work Offences - 1330/20

Date Responded 15 September 2020

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:

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act on police action taken regarding sex work offences.

More specifically, I am requesting the following information:

For each calendar month in 2019 and 2020:

  1. Arrests made regarding the offence of loitering and soliciting
  2. Arrests made regarding the offence of keeping a brothel
  3. Arrests made regarding the offence of assisting in the management of a brothel
  4. Closure Notices issued regarding the offence of keeping a brothel
  5. Prostitute Cautions issued
  6. Civil orders issued - for example Criminal Behaviour Orders, Public Space Protection Orders and Engagement and Support Orders - regarding the offence of loitering and soliciting

On the 7th September you stated:

Just as a point of clarification, I am hoping to get the above data for all brothel keeping offences. I hope I have correctly identified them for you in my previous email, but if this helps, they should including the following home office codes:

024/19 keeping a brothel used for prostitution
107/01 keeping a brothel
107/02 letting premises for use as a brothel
107/03 tenant permitting premises to be used as a brothel
107/04 tenant permitting premises to be used for prostitution
107/05 keeping a brothel for homosexual practices
107/06 letting premises for use as a brothel for homosexual purposes
107/07 tenant permitting premises to be used as a brothel for homosexual purposes
107/10 other brothel keeping offences
142/14 permitting licensed premises to be used as a brothel 

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

There have been no such offences recorded and therefore response to all is negative.

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