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African Countries Where Prostitution is Legal

African Countries Where Prostitution is Legal

About African countries where prostitution, buying sex, brothels, pimping, and solicitation are legal by regulations and laws.



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.

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

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
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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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