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Ministry taking steps to stop sex slavery in North Cyprus

Experts at the Interior Ministry and its special commission on nightclubs have begun work on new legislation to stop sex slavery in North Cyprus — and may move to legalise prostitution, Cyprus Today can reveal.

Ministry taking steps to stop sex slavery in North Cyprus

By Anıl Işık

The newspaper understands there is consensus within the commission to draw up a law providing for legal prostitution in order to prevent a tacitly-allowed sex trade centred on the country’s pubs and nightclubs going underground.

The move follows ongoing calls on TRNC authorities to tackle the sector, which currently has 35 operative nightclubs and three pubs employing up to 400 “hostesses”.

While prostitution and living off the proceeds of vice are illegal, the pubs and clubs are widely seen as fronts for the sex trade and have been repeatedly cited as areas of concern for trafficking of women and human rights abuses in local and international reports.

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