Indonesia To Ban Jiggy-Jig | Sex Work & Traveling
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Indonesia To Ban Jiggy-Jig | Sex Work & Traveling

Is Indonesia really going to ban pre-marital sex?

In recent news, a controversial bill has been proposed, which has sparked an uproar on social media. Some call it (rightfully) downright outrageous, others say it’s “backwards” and “old-fashioned”. Although it was expected to come into effect, the Indonesian President has temporarily delayed it, for now. If this bill becomes law, it could lead to devastating consequences for their tourism industry, with over 1 million Australians alone travelling to Bali each year. There has been no confirmation that foreigners will be exempt from it. This means that you could, at least in theory, be arrested even for having consensual sex with your partner if you aren’t a married couple. Although it remains unclear how the government would know what’s happening behind closed doors.

Sex work is always controversial when it comes to regulations and legislations. It can also be confusing how laws vary drastically from state to state, let alone country to country. In some countries it’s absolutely prohibited and severely punished, whereas in others it’s legal under specific regulations. In order to protect yourself and work responsibly, it’s vital to be well-informed about the laws in countries you plan to travel to.

This article will give you a snippet into the laws of some countries across the globe, that may be on that upcoming tour.


UAE (Dubai)

Many sex workers from all over the world travel to Dubai and according to UAE law, sex work is illegal and forbidden. If a sex worker gets caught, they are often deported back to their country of origin, however under sharia court an offender could be sentenced with flogging as the punishment.


This is where the issue becomes tricky. There are many countries in Europe, and laws are vastly different. Generally speaking, sex work is outlawed or poorly regulated in most countries. Sex work is legal and regulated in the following European countries:

  •       Netherlands;
  •       Germany;
  •       Greece;
  •       Switzerland;
  •       Austria;
  •       Turkey;
  •       Hungary and;
  •       Latvia.

However, it’s important to note that sex work regulations aren’t the same de jure (legally recognized and regulated) and de facto (existing, but not legally recognized), which means that there are many loopholes.

Since this is quite broad , we suggest that you to take a look at this sex work laws map and see the specific laws for the country you’re interested in.

Hong Kong

Sex work is legal in Hong Kong; however organised prostitution (such as advertising, soliciting and living on the prostitution of others) is illegal. Although sex work itself is legal, it is severely restricted, mostly to keep it away from the public eye. For example, brothels are forbidden. To avoid these restrictions, many local sex workers work under the guise of karaoke competitions and similar forms of entertainment and present themselves as companions or entertainers.


Sex work is prohibited in almost all the states, apart from Nevada which legally allows some type of sex work. Brothels are legal in Nevada, and all sex work outside the licensed brothels is prohibited.

Possibly the harshest law in force is the one in Louisiana – sex workers who are caught, are registered as sex offenders. Sex workers in the USA are fighting each day for their rights and for legalisation of sex work. Decriminalisation would lead to a safer environment and conditions for the workers and currently several USA states are considering the legislation.


As you can see, sex work is largely unregulated and subject to legal restrictions. Although it’s technically illegal in most countries, in reality it’s a different story. It’s crucial to be safe and protected and that’s why you always have to be prepared and cautious. Gather information beforehand and reach out to expats already working in the countries you’re including in your itinerary.


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