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Aug. 6, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

“pimping is prohibited in the State party” (8)
Aug. 6, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

“women in prostitution are often fined or sentenced to prison terms and are frequently separated from their children” (8)
Aug. 3, 2018, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the forced prostitution and corruption of minors. Penalties range from three to 30 years’ imprisonment in the case of sex trafficking of girls" (32).
Aug. 3, 2018, 2:09 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-1

"Persons charged with facilitating the prostitution of a child often were also charged with statutory rape. A parent or guardian who causes or allows a child under age 18 to associate with or become a prostitute may face up to 10 years in prison" (38).
Aug. 1, 2018, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law provides for sentences of not less than five years in prison and fines of up to LE 200,000 ($26,000) for commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography" (43).
July 26, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"In general recruitment and incitement to prostitution carry a penalty of two to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to 10 million ariary ($3,040)" (20).
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Decree No. 398/13 of 13 December 2013 regarding the prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of girls, boys and adolescents in tourist activities" (page 2). "The Committee observes that the State party recognizes sex work (Act No. 17.515 of 4 July 2002) and has established a national registry of sex workers managed by the Ministry of the Interior. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned about the lack of programmes to support women who wish to leave sex work" (page 9).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-4

"The Prostitution Reform Act 2003 (PRA) decriminalized prostitution. One of the stated purposes is to safeguard the human rights of sex workers and protect them from exploitation. The PRA was reviewed in 2008 by the Prostitution Law Review Committee. It found that the sex industry has not increased in size, and the vast majority of sex workers are better off under the PRA than they were previously. The New Zealand Prostitutes Collective reports that sex workers in New Zealand are aware of their rights and know they can take formal action if they are exploited" (page 11).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits prostitution of persons under the age of 18 and punishes pimps of underage prostitutes with prison sentences of up to 10 years. It provides for sentences of up to three years in prison for persons engaging in commercial sex with an underage prostitute" (18).
June 21, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned that a large number of women and girls are subjected to exploitation through prostitution in the State party and that women in prostitution are criminalized under the Suppression and Prevention of Prostitution Act of 1996, whereas those who exploit women in prostitution are rarely prosecuted" (8).
June 13, 2018, 8:41 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"But sex work is a dangerous job in Myanmar, which outlawed the industry in 1949" (para 27). "'Since November, I have not been getting many customers because there have been so many arrests. The police know who we are, they know where we meet the customer, they wait there all the time and when they see us they threaten us. If we don't pay them money then they arrest us,' she says" (para 28).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned about information received in respect of the use by the police of the Vagrancy Ordinance of 1842 to arbitrarily arrest sex workers" (6).
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Selling or hiring minors under age 15 and girls under age 18 for prostitution is punishable as a criminal offense" (12).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned about information received in respect of the use by the police of the Vagrancy Ordinance of 1842 to arbitrarily arrest sex workers" (6).
May 4, 2018, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-2, PRN-LAW-1, IIP-LAW-2

"The new Irish law will help efforts to end demand by holding sex buyers accountable and will also ensure that prostituted individuals and survivors can access comprehensive support services. In addition, it strengthens national laws against sexual grooming, child pornography and sexual harassment in the Republic of Ireland" (pp 2)
May 4, 2018, 5:37 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) commends the Republic of Ireland for the historic passage of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill, which decriminalizes prostituted people and penalizes the purchase of sex. After years of intense efforts, the bill passed Ireland's lower house, Dáil Éireann, on Feb. 7 and was approved in the upper house, Seanad Éireann, on Feb. 14" (pp 1)
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Australian Government does not regard state and territory laws that legalise sex work in some Australian jurisdictions as breaches to obligations under Article 6 of CEDAW, as legalised sex work does not necessarily constitute exploitation of prostitution. The Australian Government considers that exploitation would arise where the circumstances in which sex workers are employed are exploited or where they do not consent to engage in sex work. Exploitation also arises in situations involving children engaged in sex work. Australia has comprehensively criminalised these forms of exploitation" (Pg 21). "State and territory governments are responsible for regulating the sex work industry in Australia. Most jurisdictions have enacted legislation relating to...more
April 19, 2018, 10:25 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"You should know that prostitution has been illegal in Thailand since 1960. Still, it’s estimated to be worth US$6.4 billion a year in revenue, a large part of the country’s GDP, according to black market research company Havocscope" (para 3). "But this last week it seems the nation was shocked by a moment of lewd candidness after a Thai sex worker in the city of Pattaya was caught on camera fellating her Korean John. The aptly named Pol.Col. Sukthat Pumpanmuang, superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, said that the couple would be charged with public indecency, as was reported by Khaosod...The offending bar was shut down for 10 days, and life...more
April 16, 2018, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Though prostitution is technically illegal in Thailand, the thinly veiled cover of bars, karaoke clubs and massage shops do little to counter the town’s long-held reputation as a mecca for partying, sun and sex" (para 1). "The solicitation of sex has been illegal in Thailand since the 1960s. However, with the onset of the Vietnam War and the subsequent influx of U.S. soldiers across Southeast Asia, the industry flourished. When the military left, tourists took their place. Ever since then, Thailand’s sex industry has been openly, if reluctantly, tolerated by authorities" (para 10).
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Although prostitution itself is not prohibited or punished by law, pimping and soliciting on the streets are prosecuted and punished. Act No. 011-2014/AN of 17 April 2014 on combating the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography was adopted in that framework. The victims of such offences are mainly girls" (20).
April 7, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"It also notes with concern the criminalization of women in prostitution in the State party and the heavy prison sentences and fines imposed on women involved in prostitution, as well as the absence of any measures taken to address the demand side of prostitution' (Pg 6).
April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"That the legislature is anxious to criminalise the exploitation of prostitution is evident from articles 201, 202, 203 and 204 of the Kuwaiti Penal Code" (15). The word "anxious" implies that the legislature has not yet passed a measure to explicitly criminalize prosititution (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"[The Committee] is concerned about: ...The stigmatization of and administrative penalties imposed on women and girls in prostitution" (6).
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Furthermore, the Government has inserted into the Criminal Code (Law No.1/05 of 22 April 2009, revising the Criminal Code) clause that severely punish trafficking in women and girls. Involved are above all offences against public morals (les bonnes mœurs, Articles 538 to 565): prostitution, abetment of debauchery and prostitution" (15). "Article 539 of the Criminal Code establishes that: 'Whoever has violated public morals to satisfy the passions of another person or persons by instigating, abetting or facilitating debauchery, corruption, and the prostitution of persons of either sex aged or apparently aged 21 and over shall be sentenced to between one and five years imprisonment and a fine of between fifty...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the fact that, in the period since the consideration of the previous reports, the State party has ratified or acceded to the following instruments: (a) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto, in 2015; (b) Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, in 2010" (page 2).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-LAW-3, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-4, IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-2

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of Law No. 2005-06 of 10 May 2005 on combating trafficking in persons and similar practices and the protection of victims and of a national plan to combat trafficking in persons, in particular women and children, in 2009. It is concerned, however, about: (a) The absence of a clear definition of trafficking in persons in the national legislative framework; (b) The lack of data on the extent of trafficking in women and girls to, from and transiting through the State party; (c) Cases of trafficking of women and girls who are domestic workers, 'Internet brides' and women and girls subjected to forced labour, sexual exploitation,...more
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s accession to the following international instruments: . . . (b) Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, in 2012" (page 2). "While welcoming the adoption of the People Trafficking and People Smuggling (Prohibition) Act in 2009, the Committee remains concerned that the State party is a country of origin, transit and destination for trafficked women and girls, mainly for sexual exploitation and domestic labour. The Committee is also concerned at the lack of data on the extent of trafficking in persons and at the absence of specific programmes to raise...more
March 13, 2018, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Five years after the Act prohibiting the purchase of sexual services came into force, the Government requested an independent evaluation of the effects of the Act. As stated in the report published in August 2014, buying sex was criminalized in 2009. The main rationale for implementing the Act was to prevent and reduce human trafficking in Norway. The aim of the act is to: 1) change attitudes in the population, 2) reduce the size of the Norwegian sex market by constraining supply and demand, and 3) prevent entry into prostitution and thus reduce the possible sexual exploitation of men and women in prostitution. The Act also seeks to protect people...more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

“Saudi Arabia has ratified or acceded to the following rights treaties under the Royal Decrees mentioned below…Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography” (14). "all acts of prostitution are criminalized at the national level based on the provisions of the Islamic Sharia" (31).
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Prostitution is not legalized in the Republic of Moldova. Given the traditions of the Republic of Moldova, prostitution as a phenomenon is condemned at all levels of society, regardless of the reasons that fostered this phenomenon. The liability for prostitution is regulated by the Administrative Offences Code, approved by the Law no. 218-XVI of October 24, 2008 with subsequent amendments and addenda, which stipulates contravention liability for prostitution - a fine of 10 to 20 conventional units (Article 89). People using the services provided by prostitutes cannot be held liable according to the law of the Republic of Moldova. In this context, the experts recommend to apply in Moldova the...more