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The Republic of Moldova: prostitution and trafficking in women

Kristina Abiala

in International approaches to prostitution

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346728
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302612 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346728.003.0006
The Republic of Moldova: prostitution and trafficking in women

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This chapter describes the Republic of Moldova concern to tackle trafficking, leaving debates about prostitution largely silenced. The relationship between prostitution and trafficking is a complicated one. In the new Criminal Code of the Republic of Moldova, which came into force in June 2003, two Articles are applicable for prostitution and trafficking in women: Article 220 on ‘Pandering’, and Article 165 on ‘Trafficking in human beings’. In the Code on Administrative Offences, Article 171, prostitution and propagation of prostitution, is punished by a fine. Furthermore, the debates on legislation and decriminalisation are elaborated. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, there was a shift in discourse from ‘prostitution as a social vice and social weakness’ to one of ‘trafficking in women’. The Moldovan government might amend new laws and policies without having the will or the resources to implement them.

Keywords: Republic of Moldova; prostitution; women trafficking; Article 220; Article 165; Article 171; legislation; decriminalisation; Moldovan government

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Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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