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Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Under penal legislation in force, prostitution is an illegal act. Inciting, coercing, practicing or abetting prostitution, or living off the proceeds thereof, is penalized in legal codes under the heading of incitement to debauchery and putting public morals and decency at risk. Those provisions penalize anyone who induces or attempts to induce a woman under the age of 20 to engage in prostitution in Palestine or abroad, or any person under the age of 15 to engage in sodomy, with imprisonment for 1 month to 3 years. The penalty of imprisonment for 2 years is imposed on any person, male or female, who knowingly lives off the earnings of any ...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"On 10 July 2008 the Government adopted an Action plan against prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes. The action plan focuses on the needs of the individual and consists of 5 action areas: increased support and protection for victims; stronger preventive work; enhanced quality and effectiveness in the justice system; the development of action targeted at perpetrators; greater national and international collaboration; and increased knowledge . . . The Government commissioned the Stockholm County Administrative Board to coordinate at national level the work being done by government agencies against prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes. The work covers stronger collaboration, operational support on methods, work on secure return ...more
Jan. 20, 2018, 4 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Sex work is not a crime in Italy, but it attracts the attention of the police, so trafficking networks try to get residency permits for every girl they send to work on the streets" (para 100).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Swedish laws and policies on prostitution and human trafficking are particularly innovative. They rest firmly on human rights principles such as: Prostitution is a serious barrier to gender equality. Prostitution is a serious problem that is harmful to the prostituted woman or child, but also to society at large. Prostitution is male sexualized violence against women, especially targeting those who are economically, racially or ethnically marginalized/discriminated. Prostitution is incompatible with internationally accepted principles of human rights: the dignity and worth of the human person and the equal rights of men and women. Prostitution is a gender-specific crime; the majority of victims are women and girls, although a number of young ...more
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The penal code also punishes individuals for selling or negotiating the purchase of sexual favors from persons in prostitution with penalties of up to 10 years’ imprisonment when the victim is younger than 18. Sex tourism involving children is also punishable. The government did not collect statistics on sex tourism involving children"(18)
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."The site [Backpage] has long positioned itself as a champion of online speech freedoms and has relied on the Communications Decency Act of 1996, a federal statute that immunizes website operators from the content of users’ ...more
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"A New York State approach of treating women – accused of prostitution-related offences – as the victims of trafficking has caused consternation as well as praise. In October, I spent a day in the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court (HTIC), founded in 2004, and used as a model for a statewide 11-court program which began nine years later. So far, over 3,000 defendants have passed through their doors. The concept behind the HTIC is to help women caught up in the sex trade, to recover from their experiences, and to exit prostitution. A defendant can be referred to drug treatment or immigrant legal services, as well as being offered general ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Written by a group of lawmakers from both right and left and backed by the Socialist government, the legislation [which bans buying sex, not selling it] has been inspired by Sweden, which passed a similar measure in 1999"(para 12)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Other countries such as Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, where brothels are legal, are interested in the French experience"(para 13)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: Iceland, Norway
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Written by a group of lawmakers from both right and left and backed by the Socialist government, the legislation [which bans buying sex, not selling it] has been inspired by Sweden, which passed a similar measure in 1999. Norway and Iceland also followed the Swedish model"(para 12)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"French lawmakers approved a bill against prostitution and sex trafficking that bans buying sex, not selling it. Customers will face fines and be made to attend awareness classes on the harms of the sex trade. The legislation, which passed 64-12 in the parliament's lower house, the National Assembly, makes French law one of the toughest against sex buyers in Europe. Prostitution in itself is legal in France — though brothels, pimping and the sale of sex by minors are illegal"(para 1-2)."The new measure does away with a 2003 law that banned passive soliciting by sex workers on the street and thus put the legal onus on prostitutes. This new bill ...more
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-4

"Not all migrants working as prostitutes in Tapachula's bars are victims of trafficking but a blurry line often exists between those who voluntarily engage in adult prostitution, which is legal in Mexico, and those coerced into sex work"(para 27)
June 5, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"A man in Northern Ireland has become the first person in the UK arrested for purchasing sex" (para 1). "'Detectives from our human trafficking team conducted a brothel search and arrested a man for paying for sexual services, the first such arrest under section 15 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act 2015. Three females were also arrested and interviewed for keeping a brothel'" (para 2). "Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where people can be convicted of paying for sex. The law, which was championed by Democratic Unionist peer and Stormont assembly member Lord Morrow, came into effect on 1 June this year" (para 3). "In ...more
May 1, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Authorities may detain (but do not prosecute) persons under age 18 whom they believe to be engaged in prostitution. They prosecute those who organize or profit from prostitution, bring women or girls to the country for prostitution, or coerce or deceive women or girls into prostitution" (23).
March 24, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation of children and the possession, manufacture, and distribution of child pornography, which is punishable by imprisonment for up to eight years" (17).
March 9, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Finally, impunity for crimes involving exploitation and other violence against women has reinforced the perception that aggressors can act without punishment.65 Conditions in the camps, including the lack of accountability structures for camp committees, facilitate abuse" (14). "'Prostitution' is not illegal in Haiti, however, police may arrest women engaged in survival sex under a provision of the penal code related to public indecency... In one case that went to trial before the earthquake, a young woman in Mirebalais (a city outside of Port au Prince) reported that she had been raped and the complaint was pursued. The judge ruled that it was not rape because the perpetrator had the “habit ...more
Feb. 23, 2017, 12:02 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and authorities enforced the law" (11).
Feb. 15, 2017, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law also contains specific provisions that prohibit child pornography and child prostitution, prescribing penalties for sexual abuse of children of 20 to 30 years’ imprisonment and fines of 100,000 to 200,000 pesos ($2,210 to $4,420)" (32).
Feb. 13, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography" (12).
Feb. 13, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Sweden’s legal ap- proach of targeting the purchasers rather than the sex workers has been adopted by Norway, Iceland, Canada and Northern Ireland to date" (3).
Feb. 10, 2017, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Canada, Iceland, Norway
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Sweden’s legal approach of targeting the purchasers rather than the sex workers has been adopted by Norway, Iceland, Canada and Northern Ireland to date" (3).
Feb. 10, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"In 1999, Sweden introduced its Act Prohibiting the Purchase of Sexual Services, the first of its kind. The act made it illegal to buy sexual services in Sweden – along with procurement, which was already forbidden – without punishing the prostitute. In 2005, the offence was incorporated into the general criminal code" (3).
Feb. 8, 2017, 5:19 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-5

"Prostitution is legal for those age 16 and older" (23).
Feb. 8, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the use, recruitment, or offering of children for prostitution or pornographic films, pictures, or events. Violators can receive prison sentences ranging from five to 20 years and fines of five to 50 million CFA francs ($8,700 to $87,700)" (24).
Feb. 8, 2017, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and authorities enforced the law" (13).
Feb. 2, 2017, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The penalties for commercial sexual exploitation of children range from three to five years in prison; most convicted traffickers in 2014, however, were released on parole or given suspended sentences, as permitted under sentencing guidelines for convictions with penalties of less than five years’ imprisonment. The range increases from five years and a day to 20 years and a fine of 31 to 35 UTM ($2,015 to $2,275) in cases where exploitation is habitual, or if there was deceit or abuse of authority or trust" (13).
Jan. 31, 2017, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"France follows at least four other European countries that have criminalized the purchase of sex: Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the UK" (para 9).
Jan. 31, 2017, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law considers unmarried persons under age 18 to be minors and prohibits their sexual exploitation, prostitution, and involvement in pornography. Consensual sex outside of marriage is illegal" (12). "Anyone convicted of facilitating child prostitution is subject to a prison term of two to five years and a fine of 150,000 to one million Comoran francs ($345 to $2,300)" (12).
Jan. 30, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the prostitution of children, with punishments of five to 10 years’ imprisonment and fines up to 970,000 CFA francs ($1,680) for conviction" (20).
Jan. 27, 2017, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"France has joined a growing number of European countries that criminalize clients of prostitutes. The French National Assembly outlawed the hiring of prostitutes while eliminating penalties for sex workers. Paying for sex services now carries a fine of 1,500 euros ($1,700). Repeat offenders could be fined up to 3,750 euros ($4,260). Clients will also have to enroll in workshops to learn about the plight of sex workers, according to the National Assembly's website" (para 1-3).