Selling sexual services is legal, but the purchase of sexual services and procurement are illegal.
In recent years, the government has sought to curb prostitution by focusing on the demand rather than the supply and by arresting clients rather than prostitutes.
Prostitution exists throughout the country, particularly in major urban centers.there are some prohibitions against sex with minors, and it is illegal for a third party to derive financial gain from prostitution.
However, the government usually did not enforce prostitution laws.
Although prostitution was widely acknowledged to exist, the government did not publicly address the issue.
During the year the media reported several arrests for prostitution, trafficking, and operating a brothel.
Sex tourism existed throughout the countryhowever, in April the parliament passed legislation criminalizing the buying of sexual services.
The law also prohibits advertising for prostitution and prohibits a third party, or pimp, from profiting from prostitution or procurement of sexual services.
It is illegal to solicit or advertise or own a brothel.
Temporary marriages lasted from one day to a few months, in exchange for a dowry.
Prostitution is not illegal, but the soliciting, procuring, keeping a brothel, receiving money paid in a brothel in respect of prostitution or living on the earnings of prostitution are illegal, which makes it illegal in effect.
The legal status of prostitution varies from country to country, from being legal and considered a profession to being punishable by death. In other places prostitution itself (exchanging sex for money) is legal, but most surrounding activities such as soliciting in a public place, operating a brothel and other forms of pimping are illegal, often making it very difficult to engage in prostitution without breaking any law.
In a few jurisdictions prostitution is legal and regulated.
The police frequently used the antiprostitution statutes as tools for harassment, arresting prostitutes and holding them until they paid bribes but rarely prosecuting the cases in court.