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Latest items for IRP-LAW-1

April 17, 2019, 9:19 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits paying anyone under the age of 18 for sexual services" (p. 24).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Passed in September 2010, Act No. 2010-272 on the prohibition of child trafficking and the worst forms of child labour provides for prison sentences of from 5 to 20 years and a fine for coercing children or offering them for prostitution" (30).
April 10, 2019, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law makes it an offense punishable by seven years’ imprisonment to assist a person younger than 18 years in providing commercial sexual services; to receive earnings from commercial sexual services provided by a person younger than 18; or to contract for commercial sexual services from, or be a client of, a person younger than 18 years" (p. 9).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The legal age requirements for consensual sex are the same as those for marriage, as sex outside of marriage is illegal" (37).
April 5, 2019, 7:53 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Perpetrators convicted of promoting, publicizing, or facilitating sexual tourism involving minors face seven to 12 years’ imprisonment and a fine of 800 to 2,000 times the daily minimum wage. For those convicted of involvement in sexual tourism who commit sexual acts with minors, the law requires a 12- to 16-year prison sentence and a fine of 2,000 to 3,000 times the daily minimum wage. Conviction of sexual exploitation of a minor carries an eight- to 15-year prison sentence and a fine of 1,000 to 2,500 times the daily minimum wage" (p. 27).
April 5, 2019, 7:53 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"For conviction of crimes involving minors in acts of sexual exhibitionism or the production, facilitation, reproduction, distribution, sale, and purchase of child pornography, the law mandates seven to 12 years’ imprisonment and a fine of 800 to 2,500 times the daily minimum wage" (p. 27).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Authorities used administrative detention to intimidate political and religious activists and to prevent public demonstrations. Forms of administrative detention included “custody and education” (for women engaged in prostitution and those soliciting prostitution)" (page 12). "Persons who forced girls under age 14 into prostitution could be sentenced to seven years to life in prison in addition to a fine or confiscation of property. In especially serious cases, violators could receive a life sentence or death sentence, in addition to confiscation of property. Those who visited female prostitutes under age 14 were subject to five years or more in prison in addition to paying a fine" (page 59).
March 28, 2019, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Prostitution is legal for those age 16 and older. There is no statutory rape law, although penalties for rape increase as the age of the victim decreases" (p. 23).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and authorities generally enforced the law, although girls continued to be exploited in prostitution in exchange for money, food, and school fees" (26).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The penalties for conviction of soliciting a child under age 16 for sex, or more generally for commercial sexual exploitation of a child (including through pornography), is a fine of up to N$40,000 ($3,030), up to 10 years’ imprisonment, or both. Penalties for conviction in cases involving children ages 16 and 17 are the same as for adults. The law makes special provisions to protect vulnerable witnesses, including individuals under age 18 or against whom a sexual offense has been committed. An adult convicted of engaging in sexual relations with a child in prostitution under age 16 may be imprisoned for up to 15 years for a first offense and...more
March 20, 2019, 7:36 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits citizens and residents from engaging in, facilitating, or benefiting from sexual activity with children overseas who are younger than 16 years and provides for a maximum sentence of 17 years’ imprisonment for violations" (p. 14).
March 18, 2019, 7:25 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law also criminalizes the commercial sexual exploitation of children. The minimum penalty for sexual exploitation of children is 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of 1.5 million euros ($1.8 million)" (p. 19).
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation, sale, offering or procuring for prostitution, and practices related to child pornography. Penalties for sexual exploitation of children under the criminal code range from two years’ to life imprisonment and fines from 9,550 dirhams ($960) to 344,000 dirhams ($34,600)" (page 30).
March 11, 2019, 2:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Now Ms Bentley-Smith and other residents are fighting to force Leeds council to rethink their 'managed zone', a liberal experiment in decriminalisation where soliciting, kerb crawling and loitering have allowed between 8pm and 6am seven days a week since October 2014" (para 5).
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Although trafficking is illegal, the fuel for it - prostitution - is not. Until 2013, it was perfectly legal here to pay for sex with 16-year-old girls. Now it’s 18 and the trade is booming" (para 6). "The legal definition of prostitution in Geneva is 'the act of selling sex.' The buyer is all but invisible, both in legislation and public awareness" (20).
March 11, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Articles 308 and 309 of the Criminal Code establish liability for recruitment into prostitution, procurement and establishing or maintaining premises for prostitution. According to data of the Committee on legal statistics and special records during the first nine months of 2017, 83 cases were considered and 110 persons were convicted (in 2016 — 74 cases and 84 persons convicted, in 2015 — 85 cases and 91 persons convicted, in 2014 — 133 cases and 137 persons convicted, in 2013 — 128 cases and 131 persons convicted, and in 2011–2012, no records were kept" (20).
March 8, 2019, 7:31 a.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-1

"Prostitution and human trafficking are illegal within Mongolia" (para. 6).
March 7, 2019, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Criminal law penalizes child prostitution and provides penalties of up to six years’ imprisonment and a fine of SRD 100,000 ($25,000) for pimping. The law also prohibits child pornography, which has a maximum penalty of six years’ imprisonment and maximum fine of SRD 50,000 ($13,000)" (13-14).
Feb. 26, 2019, 6:57 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Sex work is legal in Bangladesh" (para. 1). "According to Bangladeshi law, everyone employed by the brothel is supposed to be over 18 and in possession of a State Magistrate issued license that declares they’re fully prepared to work in prostitution" (para. 7).
Feb. 23, 2019, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"As concerns the exploitation of the prostitution of women, article 25 of Act No. 15/013 provides as follows: ‘Every woman has the right to respect for her life, physical integrity and security of person. All forms of exploitation, punishment and inhuman or degrading treatment are prohibited’" (7).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-5

"The law provides penalties of up to six years’ imprisonment for prostitution of victims between the ages of 14 and 17 and eight years’ imprisonment for victims younger than 14" (page 24).
Feb. 1, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Paying for sex in the UK is only illegal in Northern Ireland, after the country passed the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill in 2015" (para. 7).
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"'The documentary shows how archaic laws such as ‘loitering’ and ‘frequenting’ are often used to target sex workers,' says its executive director Rebecca Wood" (para 7). "Mariatu was first arrested aged 15 for 'loitering, which is vaguely defined under the Public Order Act 1965 as an offence whereby someone is 'in the open air' without a visible purpose" (para 9). Emmanuel Sattie, national human rights coordinator at Amnesty International, tells filmmakers: 'Most of the crimes levied on these girls relate to loitering. One of our concerns is if the [the police] are so keen on targeting sex workers why do they not also go after the men that are part...more
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Law of the Lao PDR does not allow prostitution as a profession and sex trade is a criminal offense in the Lao PDR" (Pg 23).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia

"The observatory claimed that women were prevented from traveling if suspected of prostitution, often based on appearance alone" (page 17).
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

" . . . it is illegal under the Sexual Offences Act to sell and buy sexual services" (page 8).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Internet law allows the government to prohibit a website or remove content if there is sufficient suspicion that the site is committing any of eight crimes: . . . engaging in obscenity, prostitution, or gambling; encouraging suicide, sexual abuse of children . . . " (page 34). "The constitution provides that the state shall take measures to protect children from exploitation. The law criminalizes sexual exploitation of children and mandates a minimum sentence of eight years in prison. There were reports that children were subject to commercial sexual exploitation. The penalty for encouraging or facilitating the entry of children into prostitution is four to 10 years’ imprisonment; if violence or...more
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:06 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"According to the bill, a fine of 1,500 shekels ($400) will be imposed for the first offense of paying for prostitution services, and 3,000 shekels for a repeat fine within three years. In addition, if a person receiving such a fine will turn to the courts and it turns out that he did commit the offense, the judges can increase the fine up to 75,300 shekels" (para 1). "According to Israeli law, prostitution itself is not a criminal offense; only activities connected to prostitution, like pimping and advertising prostitution services, are defined as criminal" (para 12).
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IIP-PRACTICE-1

"For instance, NGOs noted that local anti-prostitution regulations in Bantul and Tanggerang were often used to detain women walking alone at night" (para 156)
Oct. 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

According to the article, in Pakistan it is illegal "the sale of a minor for the purposes of prostitution under Pakistan's penal code" (para 9). In the case described "each of the suspects could face up to 25 years in prison, if found guilty" (para. 10)