H: It is illegal to sell sex and organise commercial sex except where permission is given by a licensing authority that applies conditions such as health provisions and restrictions on how and where the person or business can operate (eg Senegal)

Bolivia

Since 2001 sex can be sold from permitted brothels and by licensed sex workers. Female must register and must undergo regular health checks for sexually transmitted diseases every 20 days and police can check whether the prostitutes are registered and have attended the STI clinic or not. Operators of unlicensed brothels and unregistered sex workers are guilty of an offence. Enforcement of these provisions is weak and access to health care is poor so in practice compliance is low.

Venezuela

  • It is not illegal to sell or buy sex.
  • Operating a brothel is permitted so long as the women working in it are over 18 years old and undergo regular health checks.
  • It is illegal to ‘induce, facilitate, or promote prostitution or ‘corruption of another person to satisfy the passions of others’
  • Law enforcement is corrupt and violent and the police do not follow the law.

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Panama

  • Sex work is legal and regulated. Sex workers are required to register and carry identification cards but the majority of prostitutes were not registered.
  • Buying sex is not illegal.

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USA

  • The United States is a federal system in which each state enacts different laws about sex work.  In most states all aspects of buying selling and organising sexual services are illegal.

Uruguay

  • Uruguay's 2002 Sex Work Law (Law no. 1 7,515) explicitly states that sex work is legal and specifies the conditions in which it can take place.

Tunisia

Sex work is regulated Article 231 of the Tunisian Penal Code 1942 law which identifies obligations of sex workers and brothel managers in resect of medical administration.
To register as a sex worker a woman must be over 18, unmarried and certified to be mentally capable and negative to 'infectious or septic' diseases.
Registered sex workers are allowed to work in their private residences or tolerated brothels. Brothels can lose their licenses if a sex worker is employed who has not submitted to a medical check.

Senegal

  • Public soliciting to sell sex and brothel keeping are illegal but since 1966 it has been legal for individual women over 21 to sell sex if they register with the police and submit to regular medical examinations for STIs and HIV tests.  Registered sex workers must carry a card stating that they are disease free which is issued when they attend for STI and HIV testing.
  • Estimates of the portion of the total sex worker population registered vary from 8 to 25%.
  • Law enforcement and application of these 'sanitation' rules is weak.

Peru

  • It is an offense to operate a brothel unless it has a license.
  • It is an offense to sell sex without being registered to do so. To register as a sex worker women must be over 18 years of age and free of HIV and STIs.
  • A card is issued to confirm recent attendance for mandatory HIV and STI testing.

Pakistan

  • Both buying and selling sex are criminalised by laws forbidding sex outside of marriage and adultery by married people.
  • Power to deal with a range of 'social evils' is devolved to local governments, village councils and neighborhood councils who can then enact different ordinances to deal with soliciting or procuring for prostitution; permitting prostitution in places of public amusement and brothel keeping.
  • Public order and pulblic morality laws are used by police to arrest, detain and fine sex workers. 
  • Police corruption and violence have been documented.

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