March 11, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Italy's Court of Cassation on Tuesday upheld the acquittal of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi was convicted in 2013 of paying for sex with an underage exotic dancer and then abusing his power to cover up the crime. However, last year an appeals court overturned the conviction ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men arrested during a police raid of a bathhouse in search of gay men. The raid and ensuing trial were highly publicized, leading many of the charged men to hide their faces throughout the process. The charges against the men included prostitution, ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Italian appeals court in Milan on Thursday reduced the sentences for three former aides to Silvio Berlusconi for their roles in procuring prostitutes for the former prime minister while he was in office. The convictions against former TV executive Emilio Fede and talent agent Dario Mora were ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
China is contemplating eliminating the death penalty as punishment for nine crimes, according to a report released Monday by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The proposed legislation was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) for a first reading Monday. ...[read more]
July 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
An Italian appeals court on Friday acquitted former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in a prostitution case, reversing a lower court conviction for paying a 17-year-old dancer for sex while he was in office and for abusing his power by asking police to release her. As a result of his former ...[read more]
December 20, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down three of the country's anti-prostitution laws, finding that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While prostitution is not illegal in Canada, the laws at issue banned keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, ...[read more]
November 10, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A UN independent rights expert on Friday called on the Benin government to better protect the rights of children after a visit to the country reportedly revealed widespread abuse and exploitation. UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Najat Maalla ...[read more]
September 20, 2013
by Lauren Laing
UN officials on Thursday urged member states to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its three optional protocols at the upcoming 2013 treaty event, which will be held at its New York headquarters. The US, Somalia and South Sudan are the only three states that are not party to the ...[read more]
September 9, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Guyana's acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled Friday that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only when done for improper purposes such as prostitution, but that people cannot be arrested for cross-dressing to express their personal gender identity or sexual orientation. The judge was ...[read more]
June 30, 2013
by Meagan McElroy
6/25/2013: UN rights expert urged Morocco to combat human trafficking 6/20/2013: Supreme Court ruled US cannot withhold HIV/AIDS funding over prostitution stance 6/3/2013: Japan and UN reached agreement to combat drug and human trafficking 1/4/2013: Tennessee judged ruled law concerning human ...[read more]

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