Prostitution in Tunisia

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Prostitution in Tunisia is illegal, but, as in many other countries, the laws that ban prostitution are ignored and there are many brothels, tolerated and regulated by the authorities.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The 2009 Human Rights Practices Report states: "The penal code prohibits prostitution with penalties of up to two years' imprisonment. Few persons were convicted of violating this law. However, there were government-sanctioned brothels in which the workers reportedly had regular medical exams."[7]

Since the resignation of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, there is public pressure for brothels to close.[8]

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