Prostitution in Saudi Arabia

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Prostitution in Saudi Arabia is illegal.[1] Prostitution is punishable by prison and flogging,[2] unless the parties are also charged with adultery, fornication and sodomy, which can apply to both the prostitute and the client since all sexual activity outside a lawful marriage is illegal, in which case the punishment can be death[citation needed].

Human Trafficking and Forced Labor[edit]

Saudi Arabia is one of the largest consumers of domestic workers. Around 30% of Saudi's population of 27.3 million are immigrants from other countries. The Law requires that all of the expatriates in Saudi Arabia should have a employment contract while they are in the country. [3] But with some unfair work practices such as sexual harassment, extreme working conditions, and other human rights violations, many try to escape their employers. Runaways are often kidnapped and forced into prostitution [4] Prostitutes tend to be mostly from Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ethiopia,[5] Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Kenya, Yemen, Algeria and Tajikistan.[6] As of right now, there are no strict laws in force pertaining to human trafficking. In 2013, the government did not report any prosecutions or convictions of alleged human traffickers.[4] Foreign prostitutes who are arrested by the Saudi vice police face deportation.[5]

Sexual Culture[edit]

Contrary to popular perception, Saudi Arabia has a thriving sex industry[citation needed]. Reports have stated that young adults have been seen engaging in sex parties while using illegal drugs and alcohol.[7] In addition, pornography is also easily accessible to the youth of Saudi Arabia. Anyone with satellite can have access to internet pornography.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Asia Times - Asia's most trusted news source for the Middle East". Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Saudi Police Seize 80 For Prostitution, Pimping," Middle East Times, June 22, 2007
  3. ^ Hammad S., Alhamad. "The Labor Market in Saudi Arabia: Foreign Workers, Unemployment, and Minimum Wage". inquiries journal. inquiries journal. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "BBC News - FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT - Saudi's sleazy underworld". Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Country Narratives -- Countries Q through Z". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Caroline Mortimer (19 October 2015). "Saudis 'bingeing on drink, drugs and sex at wild parties as police turn blind eye'". The Independent. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Tracy Clark-Flory. "Unveiling the Middle East's sex industry". Salon. Retrieved 21 April 2016.