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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

African Countries Where Prostitution is Legal

Hoeing is divisive, about African countries where prostitution, buying sex, brothels, pimping, and solicitation are legal by regulations and laws.

Most sex workers do not enjoy the sexual acts they perform; working all day and night, sometimes traveling to different towns and villages, many times walking the streets praying, it is scary to be outside jumping in different cars not knowing when you're coming home. They just fell into the life, everyday waking up saying “I have to do this I have to what is needed in order to survive."

Why do women and men sell themselves for money? Many do not want to, being arrested for prostitution, sleeping with random people on the streets, in cars and hotel rooms is not the life women of the night envisioned for themselves at the age of five. Young African girls have dreams of a different life than hoeing, dreaming of being a real estate agent, a flight attendant flipping houses. Not giving themselves up stripping dignity away but still back out there trading money for sex feeling as if there is no control, life, the game controlling them.

Buying sex quote African proverb

In many small African communities, there is no word for prostitution however in some African countries prostitution or sex work is legal. Prostitution remains a divisive and controversial issue across Africa. The difference between prostitution and solicitation is prostitution is the act of performing sexual favors in exchange for money while solicitation is everything that comes before.

Solicitation of prostitution is the request to one person by another to perform a sexual act in exchange for payment. Prostitution laws in Africa vary widely from country to country, and between regions and towns within a country. Prostitution is a way of life for many poor and abandoned women living in African border towns were trucking routes are popular.


Sex for money in Ghana.
Sex for money in Ghana.

Definitions of Solicitation, Prostitution, Buying sex, Brothels, and Pimping.

Solicitation is the act of requesting, offering, or attempting the offense of offering money to someone with the specific intent of inducing that person to commit a crime.

Prostitution is the act of performing sexual favors in exchange for money.

Buying sex in Africa has the same legal definition as an escort, which is different from prostitution. An escort is exchanging something of value for someone’s time to provide entertainment.

Brothels are a place where people engage in sexual activity with prostitutes.

Pimping is pandering on behalf of a prostitute. Pimps furnish clients for a prostitute and may offer protection, love and security in exchange. Three main types of pimps are the boyfriend pimp, gorilla pimp and finesse or gift of gab pimp.


Alphabetical listing of African Countries prostitution, buying sex, brothels, pimping, and solicitation is legal.


Algeria  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Angola  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Benin  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Botswana Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Burkina Faso  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Burundi Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Cabo Verde  No prostitution laws
Cameroon  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
The Central African Republic  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal
Chad  Prostitution illegal
The Democratic Republic of the Congo  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Republic of the Congo Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Côte d'Ivoire Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Djibouti  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Egypt Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Equatorial Guinea Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Eritrea  Prostitution legal and regulated, Buying sex legal
ESwatini Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Ethiopia  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal
Gabon  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
The Gambia Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Ghana Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Guinea  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Guinea-Bissau No prostitution laws
Kenya Prostitution legality varies from area to area, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal
Lesotho Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Liberia Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Libya  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Madagascar  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Malawi  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation legal
Mali  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal
Mauritania  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Mauritius Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Morocco Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Mozambique  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal
Namibia  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Niger  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Nigeria  Prostitution illegal in the Northern States, Prostitution legal in the Southern States, Buying sex illegal in the Northern States, Buying sex legal in the Southern States, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal
Rwanda  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex illegal
São Tomé and Príncipe Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Senegal  Prostitution legal and regulated, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Seychelles Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal Sierra Leone Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Somalia Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
South Africa Prostitution illegal, Buying sex illegal
South Sudan Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal
Sudan Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Tanzania  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Togo  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Tunisia Prostitution legal and regulated, Buying sex legal
Uganda  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal
Zambia  Prostitution legal, Buying sex legal, Brothels illegal, Pimping illegal, Solicitation illegal
Zimbabwe  Prostitution illegal, Buying sex legal


Sayings and Proverbs About Prostitution in Africa

Sayings and Proverbs About Prostitution in Africa

Women are looked down on as being trash and not being good persons for being sex workers even when governments and statutes regulate prostitution. Many believe prostitution is not a job but a means of survival. There is a double sexual standard were women are judged more harshly than men for engaging in the exact same sexual act.


African Countries Prostitution, Buying Sex, Brothels, Pimping, and Solicitation is Legal
Getting ready

There are more hidden whores than public ones.

It is because of shame that the spoiled woman does not use the main street of a village.

The cow that has milk will never lack someone milking it.

If you stop being honest, you will be well paid.

The prostitute is a fence for respectable women.

Shame passes and convenience remains in the home.

When a woman gets gifts by prostitution, she says her boyfriend gave them to her.

A poor whore and a good woman do not exist.

A young whore, an old saint.

As long as the belly keeps silence, all streetwalkers are virgins.

At night streetwalkers, in the morning friends.

Never buy a lame mule thinking it is going to get well nor marry a tainted woman thinking she might reform.

Not a town without prostitutes or dogs without flees.

Son of one mother and ten fathers.

The tears of prostitutes run like rivers.


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Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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