The most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of
women in the world.

Latest items for IRP-LAW-5

Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, TRAFF-LAW-2, IRP-LAW-5

"The law provides that any person who has a sexual connection with a person younger than age 16 is liable to a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Further, the law makes it an offense punishable by seven years’ imprisonment to assist a person younger than 18 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. The law also makes it an offense to traffic in persons younger than 18 for sexual exploitation or for forced labor. The courts may prosecute citizens...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"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). "The law [in Hong Kong] prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and procuring children for prostitution" (126). "The law [in Macau] specifically provides for criminal punishment for... procurement involving minors.... The law forbids procurement for...more
June 29, 2021, 8:10 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"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 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"Children and young people are covered by particular legal protection in this respect. The Police monitors and combats prostitution of people under 18 years of age, as pursuant to the provisions of the Act of 26 October 1982 on juvenile delinquency proceedings" (27).
Aug. 15, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

“In Croatia, sex work is regulated by three acts – Misdemeanors against Public Peace and Order Act, Criminal Code, and the Misdemeanor Act. The Misdemeanors against Public Peace and Order criminalizes all the persons involved, while the Criminal code and the Misdemeanor Act criminalize helping, solicitation and organisation of sex work.”
Aug. 15, 2020, 12:44 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

In Burkina Faso, "Procuring (defined to include the buying and selling of sex), soliciting sex work in public and pandering are criminalized."
Aug. 15, 2020, 12:41 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

In Burkina Faso, "Procuring (defined to include the buying and selling of sex), soliciting sex work in public and pandering are criminalized."
Aug. 15, 2020, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Bulgaria
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

In Bulgaria, "Sex work itself is not criminalised, but a number of activities around it are, e.g.: to persuade an individual to practise prostitution; to act as procurer/ess for the performance of “indecent touching or copulation”; and to put premises at disposal for sexual intercourse or acts of lewdness... Punishment for the abovementioned acts is increased if committed by an individual acting on behalf of an organised criminal group; if the victim is below 18 years old."
Aug. 15, 2020, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

Prostitution is criminalized in Botswana.
Aug. 9, 2020, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

In Barbados, "selling sex is illegal."
Aug. 2, 2020, 12:31 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

Armenia prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of persons under the age of 18.
Aug. 2, 2020, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

In Argentina, "The Criminal Code criminalizes the prostitution of minors of eighteen years of age or younger, but it only sanctions those who “promote or facilitate” prostitution, and not the client who exploits the minor."
Aug. 2, 2020, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"All forms of prostitution, including child prostitution, are illegal" in Angola.
Aug. 2, 2020, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

In Albania, "Prostitution is punishable by a fine or up to three years of imprisonment. Giving remuneration for personal benefit of prostitution is sentenced by fines or up to three years imprisonment...Encouragement, mediation, or receipt of compensation for exercising prostitution shall be punishable by two to five years of imprisonment. When the same offence is committed with minors, with some persons, with persons who are close kin, close kin of the spouse, who have custodial relationships or availing themselves of their official relationship, or when committed in collaboration or more than once, or by state and public officials, shall be punishable by seven to fifteen years imprisonment."
Aug. 2, 2020, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"Selling and buying sexual services [are] criminalized" in Afghanistan. "While prostitution is not directly addressed by Afghan law, Article 427 disallows 'unlawful sexual relations'; courts may 'impose punishments on any participants in commercial sex under Hanafi principles of sharia law.'"
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"By law the age of consent is 16" (27).
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The minimum age for consensual sex is 18…" (30).
Oct. 25, 2019, 9:36 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The law prohibits the corruption of youth under 21, including prostitution" (20).
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The minimum age of sexual consent is 18" (21).
Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The minimum age of consensual sex is 18 for both males and females, and the law prohibits prostitution by anyone under 18" (page 43).
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The law considers unmarried persons under age 18 to be minors and prohibits their sexual exploitation, prostitution, and involvement in pornography" (page 11).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

The law does not define a minimum age for consensual sex" (45).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-5

"The law prohibits the prostitution of children, with punishments of five to 10 years’ imprisonment and fines up to one million CFA francs ($1,766) for conviction. The law prohibits sexual relations with girls under age 14, even if married, but authorities rarely enforced the ban" (page 17).
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"In June the Legislative Assembly [in Macau] outlawed procurement for prostitution of a person younger than 18 years. The law also prohibits child pornography" (103).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The minimum age of consensual sex is 18, although sexual relations between minors whose marriages the courts approved are legal" (34).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"Selling or hiring minors younger than 15 and girls younger than 18 for prostitution is punishable as a criminal offense. Prostitution laws do not cover boys between the ages of 15 and 18 and therefore leaves them without legal protection" (12).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"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-5

"Prostitution is legal for those age 16 and older" (p. 23).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The minimum age for consensual sex is 18" (26).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The law criminalizes child pornography, child prostitution, and the actions of both the client and the pimp in cases of sexual exploitation of children under age 18" (11).