(2) The reference to a person in a street or public place includes a person in a vehicle in a street or public place.
(3) A person guilty of an offence under this Article shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
59), soliciting from a motor vehicle (kerb crawling) (S. 20) replaced Ss 60–61 of the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 dealing with soliciting by a new offence, S.
60), organising, advertising, or recruiting into prostitution for the purposes of gain (S. 63), or keeping a brothel (defined as more than one person selling sexual services in a given location) (S. 60 "Soliciting": (1) It is an offence for a person in a street or public place to solicit another (B) for the purpose of obtaining B's sexual services as a prostitute.
(5) Within the first year of this offence coming into effect, the Department must raise awareness of this offence.
The legislation reformed the regulation of prostitution in Northern Ireland.
in addition to discussion as to what the state of affairs in Northern Ireland actually was.
The DUP consistently backed the proposal to criminalise the purchase of sex in Northern Ireland.
As elsewhere, accurate figures for the extent of prostitution in Northern Ireland are difficult to ascertain, given the covert nature of the activities, although the police estimated 40-100 people were working in the sex trade in 2010.
As in other countries, street prostitution has declined in favour of off-street prostitution.