Letting A Premises as a Brothel – Criminal Defence Lawyer
It is a criminal offence under section 34 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 for a landlord or lessor to let the whole or part of a property in the knowledge that it is to be used as a brothel.
The Landlord must know that the building is to be used as a brothel or is being used as a brothel.
The offence under Section 34 is a summary only offence which means it can only be tried in the Magistrates’ Court and carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 3 months rising to 6 months for a second conviction for the same or similar offence.
WHAT IS A BROTHEL?
A brothel may include places that are not used for the purpose of paid prostitution but includes places where a woman offers herself as a participant in physical acts of indecency for the sexual gratification of men and it is not necessary that payment takes place.
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