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Jan. 15, 2022, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation of children; the sale, offering, or procuring of a child for prostitution; and child pornography, and authorities enforced the law. Amendments to the Penal Code which entered into force in January provided stricter penalties for the sexual exploitation of children" (15).
Jan. 8, 2022, 9:32 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: IRP-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 ($1,000) to 344,000 dirhams ($36,100)" (33).
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Prostiution is illegal in Somalia" (1).
Jan. 4, 2022, 11:45 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law provides a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment for commercial sexual exploitation of children and was effectively enforced" (13).
Dec. 10, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation, sale, offering, or procuring for prostitution, and practices related to child pornography" (57).
Nov. 17, 2021, 8:27 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Authorities may detain (but generally do not prosecute) persons younger than 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" (24).
Nov. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law allows for 'preventive detention' for up to four years of individuals not charged with an actual crime, based on a subjective determination of 'precriminal dangerousness,' which is defined as the 'special proclivity of a person to commit crimes, demonstrated by conduct in manifest contradiction of socialist norms.' Mostly used as a tool to control 'antisocial' behaviors, such as substance abuse or prostitution" (6). "In trials where defendants are charged with “precriminal dangerousness” (see section 1.d.), the state must show only that the defendant has 'proclivity' for crime, so an actual criminal act need not have occurred. Penalties may be up to four years in prison. Authorities normally applied...more
Nov. 8, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-5

"The penalty for recruiting children or persons with disabilities into prostitution is imprisonment from one to five years. The penalty for subjecting children to prostitution is imprisonment from four to six years" (17).
Oct. 25, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Sentences for those convicted [of child exploitation] range from three years’ to life imprisonment, and fines range from five million to 50 million VND ($220 to $2,200). The law specifies prison sentences for conviction of acts related to the exploitation of children in prostitution, including harboring prostitution (12 to 20 years), brokering prostitution (seven to 15 years), and buying sex with minors (three to 15 years)" (32).
Oct. 18, 2021, 6:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"There are laws against child abuse, including against... child prostitution, and child pornography. The government actively worked to combat child abuse. Penalties are generally severe" (22).
Sept. 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"...The country has a statutory rape law that defines 18 as the minimum age for consensual sex. The law, which was inconsistent with the legal minimum marriage age of 15 for girls, was not enforced. Sexual exploitation of children occurred. The Division for Protection of Children and Morals of the National Police conducted sweeps of brothels to assure that individuals in prostitution were of legal age and arrested brothel owners found to be holding underage girls. Between January and April, 60 percent of the more than 1,000 victims of gender-based violence (including rape, sexual assault, and physical and psychosocial violence) were girls" (26). Brothel owners were punished for holding underage...more
Sept. 25, 2021, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation of children" (17).
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The maximum stay in compulsory drug rehabilitation centers is two years, including commonly a six-month stay in a detoxification center. The government maintained similar rehabilitation centers for those charged with prostitution and with soliciting prostitution" (11). "Persons who forced girls younger than 14 into prostitution could be sentenced to 10 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 having their property confiscated. Those who visited girls forced into prostitution younger than 14 were subject to five years or more in prison in addition to paying a fine" (70-71)....more
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes sexual exploitation of children. In addition to outlawing the practice of bacha bazi, the penal code provides that, '[i]f an adult male has intercourse with a person younger than the legal age, his act shall be considered rape and the victim’s consent is invalid.' The penal code also treats nonstatutory rape of a child as an aggravated form of the offense, punishable if convicted by up to 20 years’ imprisonment. The EVAW Law prescribes a penalty of 10 to 15 years’ imprisonment for conviction of forcing an underage girl into prostitution. Taking possession of a child for sexual exploitation or production of pornographic films or images constitutes...more
Aug. 20, 2021, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"As of July 2018, authorities at Prey Speu reported 585 persons remained in detention following the Phnom Penh city government’s 2017 roundup of 1,727 homeless persons, beggars, persons with mental disabilities, and persons engaged in prostitution" (6). Even if prostitution is not specifically illegal, people can be arrested for being a prostitute (SFR- CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Although the law criminalizes the procurement of a minor for the purpose of prostitution, child prostitution was a problem" (p 18).
July 27, 2021, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The recruitment and incitement to prostitution generally carries a penalty of two to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to 10 million ariary ($3,100)" (p 23).
July 22, 2021, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Canada, France, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Norway
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services Act will be enforced in Israel on 10 July 2020. The law imposes fines for consuming prostitution and attempting to pay for it. The aim is to reduce prostitution by prohibiting the purchase of sex as part of an integrated process that includes public education, and the expansion of services for the population in prostitution – including trauma-informed care and practical help to rebuild their lives, while recognizing the harmful nature of prostitution and the damage it causes. According to the law, a first-time offender will get an administrative fine of NIS 2,000. A repeated violation of the law will result in a...more
July 22, 2021, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services Act will be enforced in Israel on 10 July 2020. The law imposes fines for consuming prostitution and attempting to pay for it. The aim is to reduce prostitution by prohibiting the purchase of sex as part of an integrated process that includes public education, and the expansion of services for the population in prostitution – including trauma-informed care and practical help to rebuild their lives, while recognizing the harmful nature of prostitution and the damage it causes" (Para 1-2). "According to the law, a first-time offender will get an administrative fine of NIS 2,000. A repeated violation of the law will result...more
July 14, 2021, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Australia, Denmark
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"In other legalised regimes, such as Denmark and Australia, prostitution is available for men on the public health system" (para 8).
July 14, 2021, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"In the Netherlands, which legalised its sex trade in 2000, it is perfectly legal for driving instructors to offer lessons in return for sex, as long as the learner drivers are over the age of 18" (para 7).
June 26, 2021, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"[New Zealand's] sex trade was decriminalised in 2003, and has since been hailed by pro-prostitution campaigners as the gold standard model in regulating prostitution" (para 2).
June 26, 2021, 12:03 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4, IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-2

"Under legalisation in Germany, one government-funded NGO, described on its website as a 'counselling centre for sex workers', offers training for women to become 'sexual assistant surrogate partnerships' when they decide to leave prostitution. The training focuses on how 'sex workers' can help disabled people to explore their sexuality" (para 8).
June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"In the reporting period, prostitution was not a punishable act in Poland. Using the services of prostitutes was not punishable either. However, this concerned using the services of adults, upon mutual consent (of the client and the prostitute) and excluding the cases of sexual abuse. On the other hand, article 199, paragraph 1 of the Penal Code penalizes subjecting another person to sexual intercourse or making him/her submit to another sexual act or perform such an act by abusing a relationship of dependence or by taking advantage of his/her critical situation. Forcing to prostitution is also punishable (art. 203 of the Penal Code – whoever subjects another person to practise...more
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits pimping, brothels, and similar commercial enterprises. In conformity with article 3 of Act No. 75 of February 20, 1958, being in force, the exploitation and the abetting of prostitution are to be considered as crimes" (43). "At the end of the year 2008, the Council of Ministers approved Bill (A.S. 1079) containing 'Measures against the prostitution'... The crime of prostitution in public places or in a place open to the public has been introduced; and the arrest from five to fifteen days with a fine from 200,00 to 3000, and 00 Euros is provided for whoever offers sexual performances or for whoever requests it....Whoever is prostituted, by...more
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:02 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Prostitution in Bosnia and Herzegovina was illegal and peacekeepers were explicitly told it was illegal. However, this did not prevent UN personnel from visiting the bars and brothels that sprang up all over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Internationals believed that frequenting the brothels was a natural part of 'being boys.' To participate was taken for granted" (para 5).
Dec. 24, 2020, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"One measure addresses what many law enforcement experts say is among the most urgent problems in prosecuting sex trafficking — the arrest of victims of forced prostitution, rather than customers or pimps. The Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act would encourage states to offer victims social and protective services, rather than prosecution, and provide job opportunities through the federal Job Corps program" (3). It should be noted that it hasn't become a law yet (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 17, 2020, 7:34 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

“In Italy, prostitution is not illegal, nor is it regulated as an official occupation, making the country’s 70,000 sex workers largely ineligible to receive economic relief. Many have been forced to take their chances by returning to work in order to avoid poverty” (para. 7). “Last month, Antonio Guadagnini, a Conservative councilor in the Veneto region, said reopening brothels — illegal in Italy since 1958 — and regulating prostitution would protect society. In Sicily, Ruggero Razza, the top regional health official, said that authorities should reflect on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in high-risk, unregulated occupations such as sex work” (para. 17).
Oct. 31, 2020, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Madagascar recently introduced laws targeting prostitution, which prohibits consorting with female prostitutes. Avoid engaging with any sex-workers in Madagascar. In addition, a campaign against sexual abuse of underage children (under 18 years) is strictly enforced" (para 15).
Oct. 31, 2020, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Sex work is not illegal in Malawi, however related criminal offences are often used as a reason to target, harass, abuse and arrest sex workers. It is therefore important to know your rights (...) t is also an offence to recruit someone to become a sex worker (procurement) or to keep a place that is used for sex work (brothel). It is a crime to force someone to become a sex worker or to keep someone in a brothel without their consent." (2)