Sexuality Policy Watch

NSWP launches new global mapping of sex work laws

NSWP has launched a new map of sex work laws around the world, featuring information on laws used to regulate and criminalise sex work in 221 countries and regions.

This map brings together information on laws which affect sex workers through the criminalisation of the sale and purchase of sexual services, and the facilitation, management or organisation of sex work, as well as other laws used to regulate sex work such as mandatory health checks and travel restrictions. Countries which criminalise sex work are highlighted on the map in three shades of red representing selling, buying and third parties. Countries which regulate sex work through ‘legalisation’ are highlighted in yellow. Countries which have decriminalised sex work are highlighted in green. The map can be filtered by these different types of law, and each country has its own page with further information.

NSWP is working on national case studies that will provide insight into how law enforcement implement the legislation and its impact upon sex workers, these will be added to the country pages as they are completed.

Click here to view the map. A full list of countries/regions can be found here.

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