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Is selling sex criminalised?: 

Selling sex is legal but associated activities are criminalised. It is a criminal offence to loiter in a public place for the purposes of 'prostitution'. If a woman is found in a brothel and does not disclose the name of the manager she is also deemed to be "brothel-keeping". Brothel keeping laws are wide and will criminalise sex workers working together indoors.

Is buying sex criminalised?: 


Is organising/managing criminalised?: 

Yes - brothel-keeping and procuring are illegal. It is also an offence (only for male persons) to live on the 'earnings of prostitution'.

Is there mandatory HIV/STI testing?: 


Is there mandatory registration?: 


Is sex work recognised as work?: 


Is sex work decriminalised with limited regulation?: 


Sources/further reading: 

Mgbako, C., & Smith, L. A. (2010). Sex work and human rights in Africa. Fordham International Law Journal, 33, 1178. ; Fielding-Miller, R., Mnisi, Z., Adams, D., Baral, S., & Kennedy, C. (2014). “There is hunger in my community”: a qualitative study of food security as a cyclical force in sex work in Swaziland. BMC public health, 14(1), 1. Crimes Act 1889 - http://www.osall.org.za/docs/2011/03/Swaziland-Crimes-Act-61-of-1889.pdf

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