Prostitution in Saudi Arabia

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Prostitution in Saudi Arabia is strictly illegal.[1] Prostitution is punishable by prison and flogging.[2] Indeed all sexual activity outside of a lawful marriage for the purpose of procreation is illegal. Hence, a prostitute and his or her client can also be charged with adultery, fornication and sodomy.

Prostitutes tend to be mostly from Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ethiopia,[3] and Bangladesh.[4] Foreign prostitutes who are arrested by the Saudi vice police face deportation.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brothels and bombs in Saudi Arabia
  2. ^ "Saudi Police Seize 80 For Prostitution, Pimping," Middle East Times, June 22, 2007
  3. ^ a b Saudi's sleazy underworld
  4. ^ Protection Act of 2000: Trafficking in Persons Report 2007