The Implementation of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, Part IV – An Interim Review

Introduction
This report was written to consider implementation of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017. Following its enactment, the Government announced that a review of Part IV which relates to prostitution was to be carried out within three years.

The review is to include:
(a) Information as to the number of arrests and convictions in respect of offences under section 7A of the Act of 1993 during the period from the
commencement of that section;
(b) An assessment of the impact of the operation of that section on the safety and well-being of persons who engage in sexual activity for payment.

It is intended that this interim report might inform the review of the legislation at a mid-way point. The report is authored by Dr Geoffrey Shannon and informed by members of the High Level Working Group, constituted to monitor and support implementation of the Act.

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