Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (322)

Tony Gregory

Question:

463 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the locations regarding the problem of street prostitution in the Dublin 7 area where it is concentrated; the overall number of prostitutes involved; the number of arrests; if he will consider introducing a new procedure whereby when motorists are cautioned regarding soliciting that a follow-up warning notice is sent to the registered owner of the car involved to dissuade the person from returning to the same area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25168/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that a series of complaints have been received regarding street prostitution in the Dublin 7 area. To date in 2004, there have been 134 arrests of women for involvement in prostitution. There is no provision under current legislation for sending warning notices or follow-up warning notices to individuals cautioned regarding soliciting under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993 and I have no plans to review the legislation.