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Pop Up Brothels (13867_18)


I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I would like to receive information regarding so-called ‘pop up brothels’.

– How many properties has this force investigated in relation to complaints of alleged sex work in the past three years?

– How many of these reports turned out to be substantiated, i.e. how many properties were proven to have been used as a place of temporary sex work?


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request, in accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act. If you would like to look into refining your request please contact me.


Please note that the information requested is not held in a centrally recorded format and would be investigated by each Neighbourhood Policing Unit NPU. Therefore, the time taken to locate and retrieve the relevant information would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

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