Prostitution in Libya

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Prostitution in Libya is illegal.[1] Many of the sex workers are from sub-Saharan African countries such as Ghana and Nigeria. Desperate to flee the poverty of their countries, they have often been trafficked to Libya with the promise of a job in Italy. Some are working as prostitutes in Libya to pay off debt bondage in the hope of travelling on to Italy.[1][2][3] The punishment for prostitiution in Libya is a 100 lashes.[4]


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