Law arrests police kerb-crawlers patrols edinburgh campaign prostitution warn sex
By Dominic Casciani BBC News home affairs reporter What is the current law on prostitution?
The law in Scotland is broadly similar but was recently toughened up around kerb crawling and seeking the services of a prostitute. If more than one person (the law is gender neutral) is available in a premises for paid sex, then that is a brothel.
They are on the move and they are indoors, but they are being discreet about it."Launching the campaign, Mr Mac Askill said kerb-crawlers now faced a series of penalties if they flouted the law – arrest, a criminal record, a fine of up to 1000 and potentially losing their right to drive.
The minister said: "We are making it clear that prostitution damages the individuals caught up in selling sex and the communities involved.
He added there was no evidence prostitutes had moved to work in other parts of the city.
"We have not had a single report to suggest that," he said, and claimed there was also no sign of an increase in indoor prostitution.