C: It is illegal to sell sex and to organise commercial sex in any place. (eg Mongolia)


Selling sex in public and private is illegal. Brothel keeping and organizing prostitution is illegal
Women who work in 'entertainment establishments' such as massage parlours, karaoke clubs and strip bars must submit to STI and HIV testing by the Massage Parlour Regulations. These regulations require massage parlour managers to ensure that workers are certified to be free of STIs and HIV. There is poor compliance with the regulations which is estimates to cover only 12 % of those workers.


Profiting from prostitution is made illegal by the Revised Penal Code.

Local ordinances license 'entertainment establishments' including “night clubs, sauna, massage clinics, discotheques, videoke/karaoke bars, cocktail lounges, beer gardens, pub houses and other establishments wherein the services of hired entertainers are employed and patrons are entertained” (Ordinance no. 09, Series 2000, General Santos City).


<ul><li>Selling sex is made illegal by Article 12 of the Act on Misdemeanours against Public Peace and Order which criminalises ‘falling into prostitution.’ This means selling sex repeatedly.</li><li>Convicted women can be compelled undergo testing and treatment for STIs and HIV and/or expelled from the district in which the offence was committed for 30 days to 6 months.</li><li>Organising the prostitution of others is prohibited both by the Act on Misdemeanours against Public Peace and Order and the Criminal Code in which Article 7 criminalises allowing


  • The Penal Code Act of Uganda criminalises knowingly living wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution; keeping a house or room for purposes of prostitution
  • Soliciting for 'immoral purposes' is illegal in any place.
  • Soliciting to sell sex or repeatedly or habitually using a place for prostitution is illegal.
  • Because the prostitution offenses carry penalties of up to seven years in prison they are cumbersome and expensive to prosecute so sex workers are more likely to be charged under an 'Idle and Disorderly' law that prohibits any person being a prostitut

Trinidad and Tobago

  • The 1956 Sexual Offences Act criminalises brothel keeping, procuring and public soliciting for sex.
  • It is illegal for men to live off the earnings of prostitution and for women to exercise control, direction or influence over a sex worker's movements in a way which shows she is aiding, abetting or compelling her pro
  • Section 17 of the Act prohibits procurement of a person for the purpose of sexual intercourse with another person, and procuring a person to become an inmate of a brothel or to frequent a brothel.
  • Section 22 makes it an offense to keep, or manage or

South Africa

<ul><li>Selling sex is made illegal by several national laws and some municipal regulations.&nbsp;</li><li>The 1957 Sexual Offences Act makes indecency and 'carnal intercourse'illegal.&nbsp;</li><li>Any person who resides, manages or assists in the management of any brothel; receives any share of any moneys taken in a brothel; is a<em>&nbsp;</em>tenant, occupier or owner of premises and&nbsp;<em>'</em>any person found in a brothel who refuses to disclose the name and identity of the keeper or manager


  • The Code of Administrative Offences prohibits 'engagement in prostitution' (Article 6.1.1) and 'Deriving Income from Engagement in Prostitution, Where This Income Is Connected with Another Person's Engagement in Prostitution' (Article 6.12).  
  • The Criminal Code makes it illegal to keep brothels and organise prostitution.

Papua New Guinea

The Summary Offences Act 1977 provides offences for living on the earnings of prostitution; keeping a brothel and letting or permitting premises to be used for the purposes of prostitution. The Criminal Code makes it illegal to keep a place of any kind for purposes of prostitution.In 1975, the PNG Law Reform Commission recommended that the offence of ‘soliciting’ not be included in the new Summary Offences Act. The Commission’s intention was that


Procuring for prostitution; knowingly living on the earnings of the prostitution of others; habitually being in the company of a prostitute or exercising control, and direction over a sex worker; keeping or managing a brothel or being the tenant, lessee, or occupier of a place used for purposes of habitual prostitution are illegal. (Sections 220-225 Criminal Code of Nigeria 1990)
Another provision makes it illegal for anyone including an occupier to permit premises to be used for habitual prostitution. (225b)


The law on female sex work is contained in the Muluki Ain 1963 which has not been officially translated to English. The act defines and criminalises trafficking but not prostitution.
In 2008 the Human Trafficking and Transportation (Control) Act, 2064, Act Number 5 of the Year 2064 (2008) was introduced which criminalises selling sex and living off the earnings of prostitution by including it in the definition of human trafficking.


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