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Economics: Sex Workers: Central Asia
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In Central Asian countries sex work is not explicitly prohibited by criminal codes, which are largely based on the Soviet-era criminal code and are thus analogous. However, activities related to sex work such as involving others in sex work, solicitation, pimping, maintaining brothels, and producing and distributing pornographic materials are criminalized. While there certainly was a sex industry during the Soviet period, for most of it officials deni…

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Sulaimanova, Saltanat, “Economics: Sex Workers: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0243b>
First published online: 2009

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