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Name: Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act, B.E. 2539 [1996].
Country: Thailand
Subject(s): Criminal and penal law
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1996-10-14
Entry into force:
Published on: Royal Thai Government Gazette [translation], 1997-02, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 79-89
ISN: THA-1996-L-46403
Bibliography: Royal Thai Government Gazette [translation], 1997-02, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 79-89
Laws Relating to Prevention and Combating Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Women and Children, Bureau of Anti-trafficking in Women and Children, Department of Social Development and Welfare, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Thailand
Unofficial English Translation Unofficial English Translation, Thailand, 10 p. PDF PDF (consulted on 2010-02-16)
Abstract/Citation: Prohibits prostitution, both male and female, in public places and brothels, and sets penalty for offering sexual services at a fine of 1000 Baht. Also prohibits advertisement for and procurement of prostitutes as well as ownership or management of brothels. Penalizes persons who conduct sexual relations with a prostitute under 18 years of age with imprisonment of up to 2 years; if the prostitute is a child less than 15, the term of imprisonment shall be up to 6 years. Procurement of prostitutes under the age of 18, including by owners of brothels, parents and legal guardians, shall be punishable with up to 20 years of imprisonment. If parents or legal guardians are party to procurement of a child prostitute, a court may also withrdraw legal custody of the child. Persons who force another person into prostitution through violence or intimidation shall be punishable with up to 20 years of imprisonment; if such actions result in injury or death, punishment shall be life imprisonment or execution. The Act also establishes a Committee for Protection and Development of Occupation (P.D.O.) which shall prescribe and implement policies for the eradication of prostitution. Also provides for the establishment of rehabilitation institutions known as the Place for First Receiving, and the Place for Protection and Development of Occupation. The Place for First Receiving shall receive persons convicted for prostitution and assess their mental and physical health, as well as their aptitudes. Convicted prostitutes may then be sentenced to the Place for Protection and Development, which shall provide occupational training and rehabilitation. Repeals the Prostitution Suppression Act, B.E. 2503.
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