Disclosure Details

Arrests - 558/16

Dated: 01 Jun 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 2 May 2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

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:

Could I please have the following data starting from the beginning of the calendar year 2010 up until this request is successfully answered, broken down by month:

1. The number of people arrested for each kind of offence relating to prostitution.

These include:

Loitering or Soliciting for Prostitution;

Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation;

Causing, Inciting and Controlling Prostitution for Gain;

Keeping a Brothel;

Paying for Sexual Services;

Kerb Crawling;

Prostitution Advertising;

Exploitation of Prostitution (Children); and

Internal Trafficking.

In regard to Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation, if possible can you specify whether the case related to prostitution or not.

2. The age range and gender of the individuals arrested.

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. 

The information provided has been collated by searching for all arrests in the period requested, where the offence relates to prostitution and trafficking, as you specified above.

Please note there have been no arrests for the specified offences afterJanuary 2016, up to the date your request was received 03/05/16.  

Missing months in the table indicate there were no arrests for the specified offences in those months.

With the above in mind, please see the attached which fully answers your query.

Northumbria Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by or concerning certain Security Bodies.

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure.

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


FOI 558-16