July 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
An Italian appeals court on Friday acquitted former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in a prostitution case, reversing a lower court conviction for paying a 17-year-old dancer for sex while he was in office and for abusing his power by asking police to release her. As a result of his former ...[read more]
December 20, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down three of the country's anti-prostitution laws, finding that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While prostitution is not illegal in Canada, the laws at issue banned keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, ...[read more]
November 10, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A UN independent rights expert on Friday called on the Benin government to better protect the rights of children after a visit to the country reportedly revealed widespread abuse and exploitation. UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Najat Maalla ...[read more]
September 20, 2013
by Lauren Laing
UN officials on Thursday urged member states to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its three optional protocols at the upcoming 2013 treaty event, which will be held at its New York headquarters. The US, Somalia and South Sudan are the only three states that are not party to the ...[read more]
September 9, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Guyana's acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled Friday that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only when done for improper purposes such as prostitution, but that people cannot be arrested for cross-dressing to express their personal gender identity or sexual orientation. The judge was ...[read more]
June 30, 2013
by Meagan McElroy
6/25/2013: UN rights expert urged Morocco to combat human trafficking 6/20/2013: Supreme Court ruled US cannot withhold HIV/AIDS funding over prostitution stance 6/3/2013: Japan and UN reached agreement to combat drug and human trafficking 1/4/2013: Tennessee judged ruled law concerning human ...[read more]
June 25, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was convicted Monday on charges of underage prostitution and abuse of power. The Milan court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison and barred him from public office for life. A panel of three judges found Berlusconi guilty of paying then 17- ...[read more]
June 20, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Thursday in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc. that the government cannot withhold funding from HIV/AIDS organizations that do not actively denounce prostitution. Under the US Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, ...[read more]
March 31, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On March 31, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to review a ruling from the Court of Appeal of British Columbia, which would permit standing for Sheryl Kiselbach, a former sex worker from Vancouver, if affirmed. Kiselbach initiated a lawsuit challenging anti-prostitution laws in 2007, but ...[read more]
January 21, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
A Milan court on Monday set a timetable for hearings in the underage sex trial of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, setting the last session of the trial for early March, two weeks after the February 24?25 national elections. One of many proceedings against Berlusconi, the in t... ...[read more]

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