Jul 1, 2016

U.K. should legalize brothels, parliamentary watchdog says

Sex workers in England and Wales should not face criminal charges for soliciting and brothels should be legalized, a British parliamentary group said on Friday, calling for local prostitution laws to be overhauled. Countries have been divided over the best way to deal with ...

France passes law that punishes prostitutes' clients

Apr 7, 2016

France passes law that punishes prostitutes' clients

French lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill against prostitution and sex trafficking that bans buying sex, not selling it. Customers will face fines and be made to attend awareness classes on the harms of the sex trade. The legislation, which passed 64-12 in the ...

South Korea upholds tough anti-prostitution laws

Mar 31, 2016

South Korea upholds tough anti-prostitution laws

South Korea’s top court on Thursday upheld laws that toughened punishment on prostitutes, pimps and their clients. The 2004 legislation drove thousands of sex workers in traditional red-light zones out of business in South Korea, but prostitution has still thrived in the shadows. Sex ...

Mar 24, 2016

German Cabinet OKs prostitution bill requiring condom use

Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation meant to better control prostitution and make life safer for sex workers, a bill that includes making the use of condoms obligatory. Legislation in 2002 that legalized prostitution gave sex workers social benefits but led to an explosion ...

Feb 29, 2016

Indonesia demolishes capital's largest red-light district

Bulldozers started demolishing hundreds of buildings in the Indonesian capital’s largest red-light district on Monday as part of a nationwide effort to eradicate prostitution in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Jakarta’s Kalijodo, long home to thousands of sex workers, is the latest of ...

Feb 24, 2016

Indonesia plans to close all red-light districts by 2019

Indonesia aims to shut down all of the country’s red-light districts by 2019 in a bid to eradicate prostitution in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, the Jakarta Post said late Tuesday, quoting the social affairs minister. The government has already closed 68 red-light ...

Colombia police chief resigns amid gay sex scandal

Feb 18, 2016

Colombia police chief resigns amid gay sex scandal

Colombia’s national police chief resigned on Wednesday, caught up in a male prostitution scandal that has also seen the country’s deputy interior minister quit his post. The latest resignation came a day after prosecutors launched a probe into allegations that police officials ran a ...