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(1)A man commits an offence if he solicits a woman (or different women) for the purpose of prostitution—
(a)from a motor vehicle while it is in a street or public place; or
(b)in a street or public place while in the immediate vicinity of a motor vehicle that he has just got out of or off,
persistently or, F1. . . in such manner or in such circumstances as to be likely to cause annoyance to the woman (or any of the women) solicited, or nuisance to other persons in the neighbourhood.
(2)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale F2. . ..
(3)In this section “motor vehicle” has the same meaning as in [F3the Road Traffic Act 1988].
(1)A man commits an offence if in a street or public place he persistently solicits a woman (or different women) for the purpose of prostitution.
(2)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale F4. . ..
(1)Schedule 2 to the M1Sexual Offences Act 1956 (which shows the penalties which may be imposed for offences under that Act and attempts to commit certain of those offences) shall be amended as follows.
(2)In paragraph 1(b) (attempted rape), in the third column, for “Seven years” there shall be substituted “Life”.
(3)In paragraph 17 (indecent assault on a woman), in the third column, for “If on a girl under thirteen who is stated to have been so in the indictment, five years; otherwise two years” there shall be substituted “Ten years”.
(1)References in this Act to a man soliciting a woman for the purpose of prostitution are references to his soliciting her for the purpose of obtaining her services as a prostitute.
(2)The use in any provision of this Act of the word “man” without the addition of the word “boy” shall not prevent the provision applying to any person to whom it would have applied if both words had been used, and similarly with the words “woman” and “girl”.
(3)Paragraphs (a) and (b) of section 6 of the M2Interpretation Act 1978 (words importing the masculine gender to include the feminine, and vice versa) do not apply to this Act.
(4)For the purposes of this Act “street” includes any bridge, road, lane, footway, subway, square, court, alley or passage, whether a thoroughfare or not, which is for the time being open to the public; and the doorways and entrances of premises abutting on a street (as hereinbefore defined), and any ground adjoining and open to a street, shall be treated as forming part of the street.
(1)This Act may be cited as the Sexual Offences Act 1985.
(2)In section 2(1) of the M3Indecency with Children Act 1960, for the words from “or of” onwards there shall be substituted “shall be seven years”.
(3)The enactments mentioned in the Schedule to this Act are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.
(4)This Act shall come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which it is passed.
(5)Nothing in this Act shall apply in relation to any offence committed or act done before this Act comes into force.
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