Prostitution in the Gambia

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Prostitution in the Gambia is quite common but illegal.[1][2][3] The Gambian government is taking an active stance against it.[4] Many young people turn to the sex trade due to poverty.[5][6][7]

The Gambia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on 3 August 1990, and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in September 2000, which mandates the government to protect children from sexual child abuse. The main legislation is the Tourism Offences Act, 2003, which is describes a child as anyone under eighteen, even though the legal age of consent is sixteen years. The Tourism Act means that anyone employed in the tourism industry is committing a crime if s/he offers sexual favours to customers for money. The punishment is a fine, imprisonment of a maximum of two years and disqualification from tourism related work for ten years. The law states that hotel operators can face a fine and five years in prison if they knowingly allow child prostitution on their property.[8][9]

Gambia is a popular destination for sex tourism.[10][11][8][12][13][14][4]

Child prostiution is particularly prevalent around the Tourist Development Area, as well as in Kololi, Senegambia and Pipeline.[15][16][17][18][19]

Sex tourism in the Gambia has attracted western female tourists eager for sex with younger men.[20][21]

Some girls are sent to be prostitutes by their parents to support their families.[22][23]

The HIIV infection rate for prostitutes is high.[24]


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