Timor Leste

Is selling sex criminalised?

Selling sex is legal and there are no other laws criminalising associated activities. Police raids on sex work premises are designed to target migrant workers breaching immigration law, they are arrested and deported.

Is buying sex criminalised?


Is organising/managing criminalised?

Yes - third parties are the focus of the 'prostitution' law, the Penal Code creates the offence of sexual exploitation of a third party and this covers any person who makes a livelihood from, promotes, facilities, or by any other means contributes towards engaging another person in '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

<p>UNDP et al (2012) Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific: Laws, HIV and human rights in the context of sex work, available at <a href="http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/hivaids/English/HIV-2012-S…; Timor Leste penal Code - <a href="https://www.unodc.org/res/cld/document/penal-code_html/Penal_Code_Law_N…;

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