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Hungary licensing of sex workers said to violate human trafficking treaty

[JURIST] Hungarian officials announced Monday that the government has begun granting entrepreneur licenses to sex industry workers, despite critics' claims that the licensing scheme encourages human trafficking and violates Hungary's obligations under the 1950 UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others [materials]. The licenses will allow sex workers, who are already legally allowed to work subject to government regulations, to issue receipts and pay income and social security taxes.

Supporters of the government's bid to better integrate Hungary's sex industry with the country's economy say that legalization and decriminalization has already allowed for greater transparency and government regulation, which improves the conditions of sex workers. AP has more.

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