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Latest items for IRP-LAW-1

Aug. 26, 2020, 3:01 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

“The Northern Territory state government [of Australia] passed new laws fully decrimialising sex work on Tuesday, becoming the third jurisdiction in the world to do so…Sex work is legal and regulated in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales, which became a model for other jurisdictions such as New Zealand. Prostitution is not regulated [in] Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia, despite widespread debate and proposed legislative reforms” (para 2, 20-21).
Aug. 9, 2020, 8:25 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Paying for sex is illegal in Iceland" (para 21). "So instead of penalizing victims of poor circumstances who are often forced into prostitution, the law places criminalization on those who pay for sex, and third parties involved" (para 22).
Aug. 9, 2020, 3:18 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-LAW-1

"In March 2019, Ramaphosa said his government was looking into decriminalizing sex work, which has been illegal in South Africa since at least the early 1900s. South African laws also prohibit other aspects of sex work, including running or owning a brothel, living off the earnings of 'prostitution,' and enticing a woman into 'prostitution.' Criminalization has undermined sex workers’ access to justice for crimes committed against them and exposed them to unchecked abuse and exploitation by law enforcement officials, including police officers. And although the Department of Health’s National Strategic Plan on HIV for Sex Workers is grounded in respect for the human rights of sex workers, criminalization hinders sex...more
July 14, 2020, 6:34 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA) have criminalised most activities associated with sex work, such as keeping and managing a brothel or escort agency, street-based sex work, working in pairs and the use of condoms as evidence against sex workers" (4)-
June 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"At present, the Criminal Code provides for punishment for the following acts of a violent nature: assault (art. 116), torture (art. 117), trafficking in persons (art. 130), recruitment of persons for the purpose of sexual or other exploitation (art. 132), rape (art. 138), sexual violence (art. 139), sexual coercion (art. 140), sexual intercourse or other sexual acts with a person under the age of 16 (art. 141), indecent acts (art. 142), bigamy or polygamy (art. 170), incitement to prostitution (art. 238), establishment or keeping of brothels, procurement or living off the earnings of prostitution (art. 239), among others" (8-9)."The legislation of Tajikistan does not provide for criminal liability for prostitution....more
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"With regard to para 42 of the Concluding Comments, the Criminal Law defines prostitution as a crime and provides that whoever commits prostitution shall, in serious cases, be subject to reform through labour of not more than 5 years (art. 249). The Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women provides that whoever commits prostitution, or arranges for, forces or lures a woman into committing such act shall be subject to punishment in accordance with the Criminal Law (art. 40)" (12).
May 7, 2020, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Michael Herzig, a Zurich social services director who supervises the city’s sex workers, defended the move: “Prostitution is a business. We cannot prohibit it, so we want to control it in favour of the sex workers and the population,” he said. " (para 3).
April 4, 2020, 8:45 a.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"article 205 of the Penal Code criminalizes women in prostitution" (8).
March 24, 2020, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Prostitution is illegal in Thailand but the law is almost invariably ignored. Experts say it will be hard to rid Thailand of an industry that is so entrenched and that provides pay-offs to untold numbers of officials and policemen" (para 8).
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The minimum age for consensual sex is 18, and statutory rape penalties include hard labor for a minimum of five years and a minimum of seven years’ imprisonment if the victim is younger than 15 years old. The government generally enforced the law" (30). "The penal code prohibits and punishes commercial sexual exploitation, child pornography, and forced prostitution" (30).
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Prostitution is not legalized in the Republic of the Congo; it is practised informally" (15).
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Article 161 of the Child Rights Law criminalizes the prostitution of children" (31).
Oct. 25, 2019, 9:36 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the corruption of youth under 21, including prostitution, with penalties ranging from six months to three years of imprisonment for offenders. The law prescribes prison sentences of seven to 15 years of imprisonment and a fine ranging from 200,000 HTG (Haitian Gourdes) to 1.5 million HTG ($3,750 to $28,140)" (20).
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Child prostitution is illegal… Conviction of the commercial sexual exploitation of children is punishable by fines and imprisonment, but authorities generally did not prosecute offenders" (21-22).
Sept. 12, 2019, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-LAW-1

"Iranian and some foreign women and girls, as well as some men, are highly vulnerable to sex trafficking in Iran. Although prostitution is illegal in Iran, a local NGO estimated in 2017 that prostitution is endemic throughout the country, and reports estimate sex traffickers exploit children as young as 10 years old" (253)
Sept. 5, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-4

"Although prostitution is legal, there were reports of police arresting prostitutes, including gay men, for alleged illegal activity" (8).
July 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-1

"In addition to prohibiting trafficking in persons, the law prohibits the prostitution of children" (p. 16).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation of children" (p. 18).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-5

"The law prohibits the prostitution of children, with punishments of five to 10 years’ imprisonment and fines up to one million CFA francs ($1,766) for conviction. The law prohibits sexual relations with girls under age 14, even if married, but authorities rarely enforced the ban" (page 17).
July 15, 2019, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law provides heavy penalties for persons who procure, lure, compel, or threaten children younger than 18 for the purpose of prostitution, with higher penalties for persons who purchase sexual intercourse with a child younger than 15. Authorities may punish parents who allow a child to enter into prostitution and revoke their parental rights" (page 31).
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law provides for 14 years’ imprisonment for conviction of commercial sexual exploitation of children and five years for involvement in child pornography" (p. 15).
July 14, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law provides for protection of women, girls, and boys from exploitation through prostitution and 'other immoral purposes,' including pornography" (p. 17).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The penalty for commercial sexual exploitation of children is five to 10 years in prison and a fine of between 20,000 and 50,000 Burundian francs ($11 and $28)" (p. 36).
July 13, 2019, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and authorities generally enforced the law. Perpetrators convicted of procuring a child for prostitution or a child pornography-related offense may be sentenced to between two and five years’ imprisonment" (p. 16).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia

"The Constitution prohibits trading of humans, the exploitation of prostitution, and obscenity, which affects the reputation of women (Article 34). The Law on the Suppression of Trafficking and Exploitation of Prostitution and the Criminal Code specify a range of punishments targeting the abolishment of trafficking and exploitation of prostitution" (38).
July 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes child prostitution and includes penalties relating to obscene or indecent publications" (p. 20).
July 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography" (p. 10).
July 9, 2019, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the decriminalization of women engaging in prostitution in the new Criminal Code. It is concerned, however, at: (...) (b) Inconsistencies between civil and criminal law provisions, resulting in women in prostitution being fined" (8).
July 8, 2019, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan

"Ostensibly to combat trafficking in persons, government regulations require male relatives of women between ages 18 and 35 to submit a statement pledging that the women would not engage in illegal behavior, including prostitution, while abroad" (Pg 21).
July 8, 2019, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-LAW-1

"It remains concerned that prostitution is punishable by a term of imprisonment and a fine, exposing women to a risk of violence and abuse, including by the police" (8).