Women and the Law

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Topaz may have committed the criminal offence of soliciting or loitering as penalized under Section 1 of the Street Offences Act 1959 (as amended by Sexual Offences Act 2003, section 56, schedule 1, paragraph 2) which provides that it is an an offence for a common prostitute to loiter or solicit in a street or public place for the purpose of prostitution, thus:


Furthermore, Section 2 of the Street Offences Act 1959 provides that where a woman is cautioned by a constable, in respect of her conduct in a street or public place, that if she persists in such conduct it may result in her being charged with an offence under section one of the Act, the woman, within fourteen clear days afterwards, must apply to a magistrates' court for an order directing that there is to be no entry made in respect of that caution in any record maintained by the police of those so cautioned and that any such entry already made is to be expunged. The court will make the order unless satisfied that on the occasion when she was cautioned she was loitering or soliciting in a street or public place for the purpose of prostitution. Such application made by a woman shall be by way of complaint against the chief officer of police for the area in which the woman is cautioned or against such officer of police as he may designate for the purpose in relation to that area or any part of it. On the hearing of such complaint, the procedure shall be the same as if it were a complaint by the police officer against the woman. ...
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