Prostitution in Tanzania

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Prostitution in Tanzania is illegal but widespread.[1][2] Many women and young girls are forced into prostitution due to poverty, lack of job opportunities, culture, and the disintegration of the family unit.[3] Trafficking and prostitution are a major problem in Tanzania, sex tourism is particularly prevalent in Zanzibar and Pemba.[4][5]

An estimated 1 out of 20 residents in the capital Dar es Salaam and 1 in 3 sex workers are infected with the HIV virus.[6] Reports show that an increase in the number of cases of HIV and AIDS are growing at an alarming rate in Zanzibar. This is thought to have been added to by large numbers of tourists entering Zanzibar and fueling demand for prostitutes.[7]