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Kazakhstan: Sex Workers Call for Legalization of Prostitution

Women hide their faces during a police raid of a suspected brothel in Almaty. It is not a crime to sell sex for money in Kazakhstan. However, there are administrative and criminal penalties for activities related to prostitution, such as soliciting or offering sexual services in public areas, operating a bordello, or engaging in the trafficking of persons for the purpose of sexual exploitation. (Photo: Almaty City Department of Internal Affairs)

Sex workers in Kazakhstan want to make the world’s oldest profession a legal trade. 
 
In mid-May, the yvision.kz website posted an open letter signed by 597 self-declared sex workers that called for the legalization of prostitution and its regulation by the state.
 
In their open letter—addressed to President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s administration, as well as international organizations, including the UN and OSCE—the sex workers argued that legalization would better protect them from potential harassment and harm done by customers and pimps. Legalization would also pave the way for better health services for both prostitutes and customers and thus, presumably, check the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
 

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