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(3) In paragraph (1), "payment" means any financial advantage, including the discharge of an obligation to pay or the provision of goods or services (including sexual services) gratuitously or at a discount.(4) For the avoidance of doubt, person B is not guilty of aiding, abetting or counselling the commission of an offence under this article.(2) The reference to a person in a street or public place includes a person in a vehicle in a street or public place.
(2) Person A guilty of an offence under this article is liable— (a) on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale; (b) to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or both.The Bill passed First Reading in June 2013, and Second Reading on 24 September 2013. The committee reported on 10 April 2014, with members divided on clause 6.The Justice Department continued to be opposed to clause 6.At that time, prostitution in Northern Ireland was legal subject to a number of restraints which controlled certain activities associated with prostitution, such as soliciting, procuring, living on the proceeds of prostitution (pimping), exploitation of prostitutes, under-age prostitution, and keeping a brothel.
However, devolution provided the opportunity for separate legislation in Northern Ireland.As with much of Europe, there appears to be a fair amount of mobility of prostitutes in and out of the territory, particularly in Belfast.While exact numbers are very hard to obtain, the 2014 research suggested between 300 and 350 people working on any particular day, the majority of whom were women, with the commonest age range being 25 - 30.Purchasing sex was criminalised as a result of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill, a private members bill introduced in the Stormont by Lord Morrow, DUP MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone and Minister for Social Development in June 2013.