Law enforcement is weak,  but there are occasional clampdowns. Many of the local prostitutes have entered the sex trade due to poverty and lack of other employment.
Prostitution in Vietnam is illegal and considered a serious crime. Sex workers organisations report that law enforcement is abusive and corrupt. In Armenia , prostitution is illegal  under administrative law  Article Prostitution in Azerbaijan is illegal  but common. Prostitution in Bahrain is illegal but has gained a reputation in the Middle East as major destination for sex tourism.
The law does not prohibit prostitution itself, but operating brothels , organizing prostitution rings, living off the profits of prostitution, encouraging prostitution or forcing a person to engage in prostitution are illegal activities. Cyprus has been criticised by the US State Department  for failing to control the flow of illegal immigrants and legal to be involved in forced prostitution. Cyprus has gained a reputation for being a major transit point for people smugglers to transport women for the purposes of prostitution.
International observers have criticized the government for its lack of action to prevent forced prostitution. The law of Cyprus forbids forced but not voluntary prostitution.
However, it is believed that many immigrants are hired as bar maids and coerced into prostitution by this method. Prostitution is illegal, however in nightclubs, "konsomatrices", who sit with, eat with or entertain customers for money are allowed.
Konsomatrices are not allowed to have sex with customers, but this restriction is frequently flouted. After pleading no contest to the charges, the manager of Mexico nightclub, Mesut Kilicarslan, was sentenced to 15 days in prison for encouraging and profiting from prostitution.
By the year's end three more suspects were sentenced to imprisonment for encouraging and profiting from prostitution. Prostitution in Egypt is illegal.
The prostitutes in Egypt are Egyptian, Russian, and of many other nationalities. In Georgia , prostitution is illegal but widespread, particularly in Tbilisi. Women who are forced to be prostitutes are in Georgia are often from Asia and neighboring European countries.
There is also a special law to protect families of Georgian women who fear reprisals from gang masters of women who refuse to be forced into prostitution abroad. Prostitution in Iraq is illegal. Many women fleeing the war in Iraq have been forced into prostitution. Some sources claim up to 50 thousand Iraqi refugee women in Syria, many of them widows or orphans, have been forced into prostitution.
Prostitution in Israel is legal, but organised prostitution in the form of brothels and pimping is prohibited. The main centre of prostitution in Israel is Tel Aviv. Prostitution in Jordan is illegal   but occurs. Authorities generally turn a blind eye. In the capital, Amman , there is a red-light district in the Jubaiha al-jubaiha: Local residents have tried to stop prostitution in the area. Prostitution in Kuwait is illegal,   but common. Law enforcement usually deports prostitutes or makes them sign a "good conduct pledge" before release.
Those running prostitution rings normally receive jail sentences. Prostitution is nominally legal in Lebanon. However, in an attempt to gradually eliminate legal prostitution in the country, current government policy is to not issue new licenses for brothels. As a result, most prostitution now occurs illegally. The majority of prostitutes in Lebanon emigrate from neighboring Arab countries.
Prostitution in Oman is illegal  and only sex within a legalised marriage is permitted. Women's sex outside legal marriage is criminalised as zina illegal sex , adultery , fornication. It is women, and not their clients, who are legally penalised for sex work. Living on the proceeds of prostitution is a crime, punishable by a fine and up to three months imprisonment criminal code article Additionally, any foreigner who commits an act against "public order or good morals" or who does not have a legal source of income may be deported law 16 of , articles 31 and 31.
Prostitution in the Palestinian territories is illegal, under Palestinian Authority law. Prostitution in Qatar is illegal and carries severe punishment of several years in prison. There are occasional clamp-downs and the prostitutes are arrested and deported. Prostitution in Saudi Arabia is illegal. Prostitution in Syria is technically illegal. In Turkey, prostitution is legal and regulated.
Prostitutes must register and acquire an ID card stating the dates of their health checks. Also it is mandatory for registered prostitutes to have regular health checks for sexually transmitted diseases. The police are allowed to check the authenticity of registered prostitutes to determine whether they have been examined properly and to ensure they see the health authorities if they don't.
Men cannot register under this regulation. Most sex workers, however, are unregistered, as local governments have made it policy not to issue new registrations. As a result, most sex workers in Turkey are not registered sex workers, working in violation of the law.
Prostitution in the United Arab Emirates is illegal, but attracts many foreign businessmen as the UAE is slowly gaining a reputation as one of the Middle East 's sex tourism destinations. Prostitution in Yemen is illegal, but many sex tourists from other Gulf states indulge in what are known as "tourist marriages".
Many of these women come from the city of Yaffai where prostitution is a way to put food on the table. The punishment for prostitution is three years imprisonment.
Some hotels have "house prostitutes" and it is possible to book a room and a woman to be ready on arrival. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Decriminalization - No criminal penalties for prostitution. Legalization -prostitution legal and regulated. Abolitionism - prostitution is legal, but organized activities such as brothels and pimping are illegal; prostitution is not regulated. Neo-abolitionism illegal to buy sex and for 3rd party involvement, legal to sell sex. Prohibitionism - prostitution illegal.
Legality varies with local laws. Prostitution in Hong Kong. Prostitution in North Korea. Prostitution in South Korea. Prostitution in the Maldives. Prostitution in Sri Lanka. Prostitution in the Philippines. Prostitution in East Timor. Prostitution in Georgia country. Prostitution in the Palestinian territories. Prostitution in Saudi Arabia. Prostitution in the United Arab Emirates.
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