An article in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 10, Issue 2, Page 67, February 2010. By Matthew Greenall, independent consultant According to reports, the new penal code currently being considered by Rwanda’s Senate includes a provision to criminalise sex work. The existing penal code, which dates from the 1970s, gives judicial authorities the option of placing restrictions on the movement of sex workers, and contains a number of provisions against facilitating or promoting sex work, running sex work establishments and living off the earnings of prostitution. The proposed new article would introduce jail terms and fines for sex workers themselves.
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This page details 100 countries’ policies on prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping. Countries were chosen in order to be inclusive of major religions, geographical regions, and policies towards prostitution. In announcing changes in laws on sex work, Fiji’s Attorney General and Justice Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had said in January, “As the laws stand now, it is only the prostitute that gets charged but the person procuring those services does not (so) the males get away while the females get locked up.” Amidst the awful news from Malawi [about gay men being jailed for 14 years] a small light of positiveness from Botswana
A news story by Mon Mon Myat on the australia.to website which explores the situation of older sex workers in Burma. RIGHTS-BURMA: For Sex Workers, A Life of Risks Written by Mon Mon Myat RANGOON, Feb 25 (IPS) – When Aye Aye (not her real name) leaves her youngest son at home each night, she tells him that she has to work selling snacks. But what Aye actually sells is sex so that her 12-year-old son, a Grade 7 student, can finish his education. ” Every night I work with the intention of giving my son some money the next
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