Gambia outlaws male prostitution

AFP-JIJI

The Gambia introduced a raft of new laws Tuesday criminalizing male prostitution, cross-dressing and the singing of abusive songs in public.

The move reflects the “current sociopolitical realities” in the impoverished west African nation, Justice Minister Lamin Jobarteh told Parliament, before lawmakers signed off on amendments to the criminal code act that also outlaw being irritating in public and “refusing to maintain” oneself.

Any man or boy who solicits, is “attired in the fashion of a woman” in a public place or “practices sodomy as a means of livelihood or as a profession” now faces a hefty fine and prison term of up to five years.