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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)
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Penalties for facilitating child prostitution are 10 to 15 years in prison and fines ranging from approximately one million to 2.5 million lempiras ($45,450 to $113,600). The law prohibits the use of children under age 18 for exhibitions or performances of a sexual nature and in the production of pornography" (para 117)
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-5

"Because the age of legal responsibility was nine years old in the central region and 11 in the IKR, authorities often treated sexually exploited children as criminals instead of as victims. Penalties for the commercial exploitation of children range from fines and imprisonment to the death penalty" (para 263)
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The initial report states that Omani society rejects the trafficking and exploitation of women in prostitution as such trafficking and exploitation violate religious teachings, customs and traditions. The legislation and measures that have been adopted concretize this moral obligation" (pg 14).
Sept. 10, 2018, 5:07 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-1

"Penalties for recruiting children or persons with disabilities into prostitution are imprisonment from one to five years. If the child is under the age of 13, the term of imprisonment is four to six years. The same sentence applies to those who seek to victimize children through prostitution. The penalty for pimping children into prostitution is imprisonment from four to six years. If the minor is under 13, the term of imprisonment is five to 10 years" (14). "The law prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor including by children. The government effectively enforced the law. It maintained strong prevention efforts, although the efforts focused more on forced prostitution...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits adults from promoting or participating in child prostitution, and the government generally enforced the law. Penalties include four to 10 years in prison for a person who entices or forces a child under age 12 to engage in sexual activity, and one to five years in prison for the same acts involving persons between the ages of 12 and 18" (23).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:07 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:56 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:56 a.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
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:43 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:42 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 11:28 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits exploiting children in prostitution and penalizes perpetrators with five to 12 years in prison" (20).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:16 a.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).
Aug. 31, 2018, 11:40 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-2, IRP-LAW-1

“The Committee notes that the State party has developed the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015, which criminalizes the purchase of sexual services. The Committee notes that the objective of the law is to reduce the demand for sexual services, which allegedly drives trafficking and the exploitation of women and girls for purposes of prostitution. The Committee also notes that the impact o f the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 is to be reviewed three years after its implementation. However, the Committee is concerned at the lack of information on the impact of existing laws in addressing the exploitation of prostitution in the State party” (8)more
Aug. 24, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law (2005) and the Suppression of Prostitution Act (1949) are currently under review" (page 9).