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PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND PREVENTION OF SEXUAL OFFENCES (SCOTLAND) ACT 2005

Acts of the Scottish Parliament

Version 08/03/2015

2005 asp 9

Default Geographical Extent: E+W+S+NI


  • Meeting a child following certain preliminary contact (S)
  • Risk of sexual harm orders (S)
  • Sexual services of children and child pornography (S)
  • Unlawful intercourse with girl between 13 and 16 (S)
  • Indecent images of children (S)
  • Sexual offences prevention orders
  • General
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Introductory Text

Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005

2005 asp 9

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 2nd June 2005 and received Royal Assent on 12th July 2005

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make it an offence to meet a child following certain preliminary contact and to make other provision for the purposes of protecting children from harm of a sexual nature, including provision for implementing in part Council Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA; and to make further provision about the prevention of sexual offences.

Meeting a child following certain preliminary contact (S)


1 Meeting a child following certain preliminary contact (S)

(1) A person (“A”) commits an offence if—

(a) having met or communicated with another person (“B”) on at least one earlier occasion, A—
(i) intentionally meets B;
(ii) travels, in any part of the world, with the intention of meeting B in any part of the world; or
(iii) makes arrangements, in any part of the world, with the intention of meeting B in any part of the world, for B to travel in any part of the world;
(b) at the time, A intends to engage in unlawful sexual activity involving B or in the presence of B—
(i) during or after the meeting; and
(ii) in any part of the world;
(c) B is—
(i) aged under 16; or
(ii) a constable;
(d) A does not reasonably believe that B is 16 or over; and
(e) at least one of the following is the case—
(i) the meeting or communication on an earlier occasion referred to in paragraph (a) (or, if there is more than one, one of them) has a relevant Scottish connection;
(ii) the meeting referred to in sub-paragraph (i) of that paragraph or, as the case may be, the travelling referred to in sub-paragraph (ii) of that paragraph or the making of arrangements referred to in sub-paragraph (iii) of that paragraph, has a relevant Scottish connection;
(iii) A is a British citizen or resident in the United Kingdom.
(2) In subsection (1) above—

(a) the reference to A's having met or communicated with B is a reference to A's having met B in any part of the world or having communicated with B by any means from or in any part of the world (and irrespective of where B is in the world) ; and
(b) a meeting or travelling or making of arrangements has a relevant Scottish connection if it, or any part of it, takes place in Scotland; and a communication has such a connection if it is made from or to or takes place in Scotland.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (1) (b) above, it is not necessary to allege or prove that A intended to engage in a specific activity.

(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;
(b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or a fine or both.
(5) [F1 Subsection (7) of section 55 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (asp 9) ] (which determines the sheriff court district in which proceedings against persons committing certain sexual acts outside the United Kingdom are to be taken) apply in relation to proceedings for an offence under this section as they apply to an offence to which that section applies.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F1 Words in s. 1(5) substituted (1.12.2010) by Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (asp 9), s. 62(2), Sch. 5 para. 7; S.S.I. 2010/357, art. 2(a)

Commencement Information

I1 S. 1 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2


Risk of sexual harm orders (S)


2 Risk of sexual harm orders: applications, grounds and effect (S)

(1) The chief constable of [F2 the Police Service of Scotland] may apply for an order under this section (a “risk of sexual harm order”) in respect of a person F3 ...if it appears to the chief constable that—

(a) the person has on at least two occasions, whether before or after the commencement of this section, done an act within subsection (5) below; and
(b) as a result of those acts, there is reasonable cause to believe that it is necessary for such an order to be made.
(2) An application under subsection (1) above may be made to any sheriff—

(a) in whose sheriffdom the person against whom the order is sought resides;
(b) in whose sheriffdom that person is believed by the applicant to be;
(c) to whose sheriffdom that person is believed by the applicant to be intending to come; or
(d) whose sheriffdom includes any place where it is alleged that that person did an act within subsection (5) below.
(3) An application under subsection (1) above shall be made by summary application.

(4) Such an application shall be made within—

(a) the period of 3 months beginning with the date on which the matter mentioned in subsection (1) (a) above appears to the applicant to be the case; or
(b) such longer period as the sheriff considers equitable having regard to all the circumstances.
(5) The acts referred to in subsections (1) and (2) above are—

(a) engaging in sexual activity involving a child or in the presence of a child;
(b) causing or inciting a child to watch a person engaging in sexual activity or to look at a moving or still image that is sexual;
(c) giving a child anything that relates to sexual activity or contains a reference to such activity;
(d) communicating with a child, where any part of the communication is sexual.
(6) On the application, the sheriff may make a risk of sexual harm order if satisfied that—

(a) the person against whom the order is sought has on at least two occasions, whether before or after the commencement of this section, done an act within subsection (5) above; and
(b) it is necessary to make such an order for the purpose of protecting children generally or any child from harm from that person.
(7) Such an order—

(a) prohibits the person against whom the order has effect from doing [F4 , or requires that person to do,] anything described in the order;
(b) subject to subsection below, has effect for a fixed period (not less than 2 years) specified in the order.
(8) The only prohibitions [F5 or requirements] that may be imposed by virtue of subsection (7) above are those necessary for the purpose of protecting children generally or any child from harm from the person against whom the order has effect.

(9) Where a sheriff makes a risk of sexual harm order in relation to a person already subject to such an order (whether made by that sheriff or another) , the earlier order ceases to have effect.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F2 Words in s. 2(1) substituted (1.4.2013) by Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), Sch. 7 para. 26(2)(a); S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F3 Words in s. 2(1) repealed (1.4.2013) by Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), Sch. 7 para. 26(2)(b); S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F4 Words in s. 2(7)(a) inserted (1.11.2011) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 103(2)(a), 206(1); S.S.I. 2011/354, art. 2, Sch.

F5 Words in s. 2(8) inserted (1.11.2011) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 103(2)(b), 206(1); S.S.I. 2011/354, art. 2, Sch.

Commencement Information

I2 S. 2 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2


3 Interpretation of section 2 (S)

For the purposes of section 2 above—

(a) the references in that section to protecting children generally or any child from harm from a person are references to protecting them or it from physical or psychological harm caused by that person doing any of the acts within subsection (5) of that section;
(b) “child” means a person aged under 16;
(c) “image” means an image produced by any means and whether of a real or imaginary subject;
(d) a communication is sexual if—
(i) any part of it relates to sexual activity; or
(ii) a reasonable person would, in all the circumstances, consider any part of the communication to be sexual;
(e) an image is sexual if—
(i) any part of it relates to sexual activity; or
(ii) a reasonable person would, in all the circumstances, consider any part of the image to be sexual.
Annotations:

Commencement Information

I3 S. 3 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2


4 RSHOs: variations, renewals and discharges (S)

(1) Any of the persons within subsection (2) below may apply to the appropriate sheriff for an order varying, renewing or discharging a risk of sexual harm order.

(2) Those persons are—

(a) the person against whom the order has effect;
[F6 (aa) the chief constable of the Police Service of Scotland.]
F7 (b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
F8 (c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
F9 (d). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(3) Subject to subsection (4) below, the sheriff—

(a) if satisfiedF10 ...that the application has been intimated to [F11 the] chief constable; and
(b) after hearing the person making the application and (if wishing to be heard) [F12 the other person] mentioned in subsection (2) above,
may make any order varying, renewing or discharging the risk of sexual harm order that the sheriff considers appropriate.
(4) A risk of sexual harm order may be renewed or varied so as to impose additional prohibitions [F13 or requirements] only if it is necessary to do so for the purpose of protecting children generally or any child from harm from the person against whom the order has effect (and any renewed or varied order may contain only such prohibitions [F13 or requirements] as are necessary for that purpose).

(5) Section 3 above applies for the purposes of this section.

(6) In this section, “the appropriate sheriff” means a sheriff—

(a) for the sheriffdom of the sheriff who made the risk of sexual harm order;
(b) in whose sheriffdom the person against whom the order has effect resides;
(c) in whose sheriffdom that person is believed by the applicant to be; or
(d) to whose sheriffdom that person is believed by the applicant to be intending to come.
Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F6 S. 4(2)(aa) inserted (1.4.2013) by Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), Sch. 7 para. 26(3)(a); S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F7 S. 4(2)(b) repealed (1.4.2013) by Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), Sch. 8 Pt. 1; S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F8 S. 4(2)(c) repealed (1.4.2013) by Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), Sch. 8 Pt. 1; S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F9 S. 4(2)(d) repealed (1.4.2013) by Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), Sch. 8 Pt. 1; S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F10 Words in s. 4(3)(a) repealed (1.4.2013) by Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), Sch. 7 para. 26(3)(b)(i); S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F11 Word in s. 4(3)(a) substituted (1.4.2013) by Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), Sch. 7 para. 26(3)(b)(ii); S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F12 Words in s. 4(3)(b) substituted (1.4.2013) by virtue of Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), Sch. 7 para. 26(3)(c); S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F13 Words in s. 4(4) inserted (1.11.2011) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 103(3), 206(1); S.S.I. 2011/354, art. 2, Sch.

Commencement Information

I4 S. 4 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2


5 Interim RSHOs (S)

(1) This section applies where an application for a risk of sexual harm order (“the main application”) has been intimated to the person against whom the application is made but has not been determined.

(2) An application for an order under this section (“an interim risk of sexual harm order”) —

(a) may be made by way of the main application; or
(b) if the main application has been made, may be made, by application to a sheriff for the sheriffdom of the sheriff to whom the main application was made, by the person who made that application.
(3) The sheriff may, if subsection (4) below applies, make an interim risk of sexual harm order prohibiting the person against whom the main application was made from doing[F14 , or requiring that person to do,] anything described in the order.

(4) This subsection applies if the sheriff is satisfied—

(a) except where the application is made by way of the main application, that it has been intimated to the person against whom it is made;
(b) that prima facie the person against whom the order is sought has on at least two occasions, whether before or after the commencement of section 2 above, done an act within subsection (5) of that section; and
(c) that it is just to make the order.
(5) Such an order—

(a) has effect only for a fixed period specified in the order;
(b) ceases to have effect, if it has not already done so, on the determination of the main application.
(6) The applicant or the person against whom an interim risk of sexual harm order has effect may apply to a sheriff for the sheriffdom of the sheriff who made the interim risk of sexual harm order for the order to be varied, renewed or discharged.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F14 Words in s. 5(3) inserted (1.11.2011) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 103(4), 206(1); S.S.I. 2011/354, art. 2, Sch.

Commencement Information

I5 S. 5 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2


6 Appeals (S)

(1) An interlocutor granting, refusing, varying, renewing or discharging a risk of sexual harm order or an interim risk of sexual harm order is an appealable interlocutor.

(2) Where an appeal is taken against an interlocutor granting, varying or renewing such an order, the court may, in the appeal proceedings, suspend the interlocutor appealed against pending the disposal of the appeal.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I6 S. 6 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2


7 Offence: breach of RSHO or interim RSHO [F15 etc] (S)

(1) A person, who without reasonable excuse, does anything which the person is prohibited from doing[F16 , or fails to do anything which the person is required to do,] by—

(a) a risk of sexual harm order; or
(b) an interim risk of sexual harm order,
commits an offence.
(2) Where an order made under [F17 section 122A or 122E or] section 123 or 126 of the 2003 Act (which make provision for England and Wales and Northern Ireland corresponding to that made by sections 2 and 5 above) prohibits a person from doing a thing throughout the relevant place, the person commits an offence if the person, without reasonable excuse, does the thing in Scotland.

(3) For the purpose of subsection (2) above, the “relevant place” is—

(a) where the order was made in England and Wales, England and Wales;
(b) where the order was made in Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland.
(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;
(b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or a fine or both.
Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F15 Word in heading in s. 7 inserted (8.3.2015) by Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (c. 12), s. 185(1), Sch. 11 para. 78(2) (with ss. 21, 33, 42, 58, 75, 93); S.I. 2015/373, art. 2(g)(i)

F16 Words in s. 7(1) inserted (1.11.2011) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 103(5), 206(1); S.S.I. 2011/354, art. 2, Sch.

F17 Words in s. 7(2) inserted (8.3.2015) by Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (c. 12), s. 185(1), Sch. 11 para. 78(3) (with ss. 21, 33, 42, 58, 75, 93); S.I. 2015/373, art. 2(g)(i)

Commencement Information

I7 S. 7 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2


8 Effect of conviction etc. under section 7 above or section [F18 122H or] 128 of Sexual Offences Act 2003 (S)

(1) This section applies to a person who—

(a) is convicted of an offence under section 7 above [F19 , section 122H of the 2003 Act (breach of sexual risk order or interim sexual risk order in England and Wales) or section 128 of that Act (breach of risk of sexual harm order or interim risk of sexual harm order in Northern Ireland) ] ;
(b) is, in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, cautioned in respect of an offence under section [F20 122H or] 128 of that Act;
(c) is found not guilty of one of those offences on the grounds or by reason of insanity;F21 ...
[F22 (ca) is acquitted by reason of the special defence set out in section 51A of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c.46) , or]
(d) is found to be under a disability and to have done the act charged against the person in respect of one of those offences.
(2) Where the person—

(a) was a relevant offender immediately before this section applied to the person; and
(b) would (apart from this subsection) cease to be subject to the notification requirements of Part 2 of the 2003 Act while the relevant order (as renewed from time to time) has effect,
the person remains subject to those notification requirements.
(3) Where the person was not a relevant offender immediately before this section applied to the person—

(a) the person, by virtue of this section, becomes subject to the notification requirements of Part 2 of the 2003 Act from the time this section first applies to the person and remains so subject until the relevant order (as renewed from time to time) ceases to have effect; and
(b) that Part of that Act applies to the person subject to the modification set out in subsection (4) below.
(4) In that application, “relevant date” means the date on which this section first applies to the person referred to in it.

(5) In this section— “relevant offender” has the meaning given by section 80(2) of the 2003 Act; “relevant order” means— (a) where the conviction or finding referred to in subsection [F23 (1) (a) or (c) to (d) ] above is in respect of a breach of a risk of sexual harm order under section 2 above or [F24 an order under section 122A or section 123] of the 2003 Act, that order; (b) where the caution referred to in subsection (1) (b) above is in respect of a breach of [F25 a sexual risk order under section 122A of the 2003 Act or] a risk of sexual harm order under section 123 of the 2003 Act, that order; (c) [F26 where the conviction or finding referred to in subsection (1) (a) , (c) or (d) above is in respect of a breach of an interim risk of sexual harm order under section 5 above or an interim order under section 122E or 126 of the 2003 Act— (i) any risk of sexual harm order or sexual risk order made upon the application to which the interim order relates; or (ii) if no risk of sexual harm order or sexual risk order has been made, the interim order; (d) where the caution referred to in subsection (1) (b) above is in respect of a breach of an interim order under section 122E or 126 of the 2003 Act— (i) any order under section 122A or 123 of that Act made upon the application to which the interim order relates; or (ii) if no order under section 122A or 123 of that Act has been made, the interim order.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F18 Words in s. 8 heading inserted (8.3.2015) by Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (c. 12), s. 185(1), Sch. 11 para. 79(2) (with ss. 21, 33, 42, 58, 75, 93); S.I. 2015/373, art. 2(g)(i)

F19 Words in s. 8(1)(a) substituted (8.3.2015) by Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (c. 12), s. 185(1), Sch. 11 para. 79(3) (with ss. 21, 33, 42, 58, 75, 93); S.I. 2015/373, art. 2(g)(i)

F20 Words in s. 8(1)(b) inserted (8.3.2015) by Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (c. 12), s. 185(1), Sch. 11 para. 79(4) (with ss. 21, 33, 42, 58, 75, 93); S.I. 2015/373, art. 2(g)(i)

F21 Word in s. 8(1) repealed (25.6.2012 and with application in accordance with art. 3) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), s. 206(1), Sch. 7 para. 75(a)(i); S.S.I. 2012/160, art. 3, Sch.

F22 S. 8(1)(ca) inserted (25.6.2012 and with application in accordance with art. 3) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), s. 206(1), Sch. 7 para. 75(a)(ii); S.S.I. 2012/160, art. 3, Sch.

F23 Words in s. 8(5)(a) substituted (25.6.2012 and with application in accordance with art. 3) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), s. 206(1), Sch. 7 para. 75(b)(i); S.S.I. 2012/160, art. 3, Sch.

F24 Words in s. 8(5) substituted (8.3.2015) by Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (c. 12), s. 185(1), Sch. 11 para. 79(5)(a) (with ss. 21, 33, 42, 58, 75, 93); S.I. 2015/373, art. 2(g)(i)

F25 Words in s. 8(5) inserted (8.3.2015) by Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (c. 12), s. 185(1), Sch. 11 para. 79(5)(b) (with ss. 21, 33, 42, 58, 75, 93); S.I. 2015/373, art. 2(g)(i)

F26 Words in s. 8(5) substituted (8.3.2015) by Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (c. 12), s. 185(1), Sch. 11 para. 79(5)(c) (with ss. 21, 33, 42, 58, 75, 93); S.I. 2015/373, art. 2(g)(i)

Commencement Information

I8 S. 8 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2


Sexual services of children and child pornography (S)


9 Paying for sexual services of a child (S)

(1) A person (“A”) commits an offence if—

(a) A intentionally obtains for himself or herself the sexual services of another person (“B”) ;
(b) before obtaining those services, A—
(i) makes or promises payment for those services to B or to a third person; or
(ii) knows that another person has made or promised such a payment; and
(c) either—
(i) B is aged under 18, and A does not reasonably believe that B is aged 18 or over; or
(ii) B is aged under 13.
(2) In subsection (1) (b) above, “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.

(3) For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2) above, “sexual services” are—

(a) the performance of sexual activity; or
(b) the performance of any other activity that a reasonable person would, in all the circumstances, consider to be for the purpose of providing sexual gratification,
and a person's sexual services are obtained where what is obtained is the performance of such an activity by the person.
(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section in respect of a person aged 16 or over is liable—

(a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;
(b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years [F27 or a fine or both] .
(5) A person guilty of an offence under this section in respect of a person aged under 16 is liable—

(a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;
(b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years[F28 or a fine or both] .
Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F27 Words in s. 9(4)(b) inserted (13.12.2010) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 40(2)(a), 206(1); S.S.I. 2010/413, art. 2, Sch. (with art. 4)

F28 Words in s. 9(5)(b) inserted (13.12.2010) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 40(2)(a), 206(1); S.S.I. 2010/413, art. 2, Sch. (with art. 4)

Commencement Information

I9 S. 9 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2


10 Causing or inciting provision by child of sexual services or child pornography (S)

(1) A person (“A”) commits an offence if—

(a) A intentionally causes or incites another person (“B”) to become a provider of sexual services, or to be involved in pornography, in any part of the world; and
(b) either—
(i) B is aged under 18, and A does not reasonably believe that B is aged 18 or over; or
(ii) B is aged under 13.
(2) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;
(b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years [F29 or a fine or both] .
Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F29 Words in s. 10(2)(b) inserted (13.12.2010) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 40(2)(b), 206(1); S.S.I. 2010/413, art. 2, Sch. (with art. 4)

Commencement Information

I10 S. 10 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2


11 Controlling a child providing sexual services or involved in pornography (S)

(1) A person (“A”) commits an offence if—

(a) A intentionally controls any of the activities of another person (“B”) relating to B's provision of sexual services or involvement in pornography in any part of the world; and
(b) either—
(i) B is aged under 18, and A does not reasonably believe that B is aged 18 or over; or
(ii) B is aged under 13.
(2) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;
(b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years [F30 or a fine or both] .
Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F30 Words in s. 11(2)(b) inserted (13.12.2010) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 40(2)(c), 206(1); S.S.I. 2010/413, art. 2, Sch. (with art. 4)

Commencement Information

I11 S. 11 in force at 7.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/480, art. 2