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Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007

2007 asp 11

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 28th February 2007 and received Royal Assent on 5th April 2007

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make new provision in relation to prostitution in public places; and for connected purposes.

1Offences relating to prostitutionS

(1)A person (“A”) who, for the purpose of obtaining the services of a person engaged in prostitution, solicits in a relevant place commits an offence.

(2)For the purposes of subsection (1) it is immaterial whether or not—

(a)A is in or on public transport,

(b)A is in a motor vehicle which is not public transport,

(c)a person solicited by A for the purpose mentioned in that subsection is a person engaged in prostitution.

(3)A person (“B”) who loiters in a relevant place so that in all the circumstances it may reasonably be inferred that B was doing so for the purpose of obtaining the services of a person engaged in prostitution commits an offence.

(4)For the purposes of subsection (3) it is immaterial whether or not—

(a)B is in or on public transport,

(b)B is in a motor vehicle which is not public transport.

(5)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (3) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(6)In this section—

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I1S. 1 in force at 15.10.2007 by S.S.I. 2007/382, art. 2

2Arrest for offences under section 1S

(1)Where a constable reasonably believes that a person is committing or has committed an offence under subsection (1) or (3) of section 1, the constable may arrest the person without warrant.

(2)Subsection (1) is without prejudice to any power of arrest conferred by law apart from that subsection.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I2S. 2 in force at 15.10.2007 by S.S.I. 2007/382, art. 2

3Short title and commencementS

(1)This Act may be cited as the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007.

(2)The provisions of this Act (except this section) come into force on such day as the Scottish Ministers may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.

(3)An order under subsection (2) may include such transitional and saving provision as the Scottish Ministers consider necessary or expedient in connection with the coming into force of the provisions brought into force.