Prostitution in Somalia

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Prostitution in Somalia is officially illegal.[1] Although forced marriages exist in areas under insurgent control,[2] there is generally very little voluntary prostitution in the country according to the African Medical Research and Education Foundation (AMREF).[3] HIV/AIDS prevalence rates are also quite low, estimated at 0.7% of adults.[4] This has been attributed to Somalia's dominant Muslim tradition and adherence to Islamic morals, which generally discourage premarital and out-marriage sexual activity.[5]


  1. ^ "Somalia - State Security Services". Library of Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Shinn, David. "Al Shabaab's Foreign Threat to Somalia". Foreign Policy Research Institute. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Africa Trip - AMREF". Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Religious and cultural traits in HIV/AIDS epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa" (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2013.