LILONGWE - It's shortly before 9 pm and sex worker Yvonne is perched on a barricade as lively groups of bar-goers linger on a township street in Malawi's capital Lilongwe, pushed out of pubs early by a college escorts usa curfew. In a tight-fitting red dress, golden dreadlocks reflecting her skin-tone, she sipped a can of soda as her bright eyes darted around for potential customers.

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But her husband soon left for South Africa, abandoning her with a baby. Desperate for money, the teenager turned to sex work. Charities in the southern African country say child brides are increasingly being pushed into prostitution as growing s of early marriages break down. I got married since no one could take care of me.

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In a tight-fitting red dress, golden dreadlocks reflecting her skin tone, she sipped a can of soda as her bright eyes darted around for potential customers.


To be clear, no provision in the Malawi Penal Code criminalises the selling of sexual services by a sex worker. Yet, some police officers in Malawi appear to be operating under the assumption that sex work is illegal.

This assumption escort usa cheektowaga 2 based on an interpretation of section of the Penal Code which prohibits a woman from living on the earnings of prostitution. Such an interpretation is then used to justify an arrest under section c of the Penal Code, which newmarket escorts 100 that a person found in a place in circumstances which lead to the conclusion that such person is there for an illegal purpose, is deemed a rogue and vagabond.

Section of the Penal Code stems from the British Colonial Office Model Criminal Code and is exactly the same as similar provisions adopted in the criminal codes of other former British colonies, including Tanzania and Kenya.

The origin of section of the Malawi Nisula mi milf personals Code can be traced back towhen English lobbyists sought to deal with unsubstantiated allegations of women being trafficked to colonies for the purpose of prostitution.

At the time, considerable pressure was put on the English Parliament to pass the Bill on an urgent basis.

Minutes of these parliamentary debates, clearly reflect that the introduction of an offence of living on the earnings of prostitution was not aimed at qwest personals workers, but rather at those who exploited them. Based on the principles of legal interpretation and the legislative history of the offence, it is clear that section of the Malawi Penal Code applies to women who live parasitically on the earnings of other sex workers, and not to sex workers themselves.

Such an approach also violates the provisions of the Constitution requiring that a person not be convicted of an offence which clearly does not exist. These rights are protected by the Malawi Constitution and the regional and international conventions to which Malawi is a party. Memorandum on greece escort girls of Malawi Penal Code.

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