Author: Olga Ochneva, Kyrgyzstan. For almost a year and a half, law enforcement agencies have been persecuting sex workers in Kyrgyzstan. During this period, the number of sex workers receiving HIV prevention services in some regions of the country reduced twice. Shah-Aiym documents such cases with the support of Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan and street lawyers of public associations all over Kyrgyzstan within the framework of the Global Fund via Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan. Most often, those are cases of extortion, arbitrary detention, threats, blackmailing, pressure and degrading treatment. In Kyrgyzstan, sex work is decriminalized, which means that it is neither an administrative nor a criminal offense.
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The two friends began working at one of the dozens of webcam studios in Bishkek, interacting with clients from all over the world who pay them to chat, undress, and often perform sexual acts on camera. And at first, the money was good. The second month was also well paid. But then it was cut. The two friends, Meerim alleges, became victims of blackmail by their employers. Within a year, Ajara had taken her life. The investigation lifts the veil on the abuses -- including blackmail, rape, and doxing -- that young Kyrgyz women are subjected to while trying to make ends meet working for live webcam sites in the Central Asia nation, where, according to the World Bank , nearly one-third of the population lives in poverty.
Prostitution in Kyrgyzstan
Teaching people to be confident about intercourse is vital, says founder, whose classes have been so successful she is expanding into neighbouring Kazakhstan. Eurasianet reports. The topic had been taboo since the days of the Soviet Union, and everyone was sceptical about whether her business would survive. It has proved so popular that it is moving to bigger premises and has opened a branch in neighbouring Kazakhstan. In Kyrgyzstan, talking about sexuality is still discouraged and many young people are confused about sex.
NSWP has published seven national case studies on how laws actually work on the streets, you can access the Kyrgyzstan case study below:. Selling sex is not illegal under the Penal Code and there are no associated activities that are explicitly criminalised. Yes there are laws in the criminal code against the 'promotion of prostitution' Article , organisation of brothels Article and involvement or coercion in 'prostitution' Article Mandatory testing outlawed from but still happening in practice, especially as part of police crackdowns.