The term prostitution describes the offering and provision of sexual services for financial gain. Although not illegal to be a prostitute or to pay for services, it is an offence to:
- Solicit for sexual services from another in a street or public place, this includes within a vehicle - also known as ‘kerb crawling’
- Cause or force someone to become a prostitute in any part of world for personal gain or gain of third party
- Control the activities of another’s prostitution
- Pay for the sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force
Can I go to prison for a prostitution related offence?
In most cases, the Courts will want to support the prostitute, whether that be by putting them through a drug rehabilitation programme, finding emergency housing or introducing them to psychiatric help. However, a pimp who has mentally or physically coerced a prostitute may receive a sentence of two to five years imprisonment.
Kerb crawling is considered to be a criminal offence by the Sexual Offences Act 1985. If you’ve been accused of this offence, you may be facing a fine or driving disqualification.
I’ve been accused of a prostitution related offence - What should I do?
If you have been accused of any of the above then please contact our criminal defence team today. Our dedicated criminal defence solicitors are experts in sexual offences including prostitution charges, and are on hand to provide professional advice and counsel when you need it.