Prostitution was widespread and largely tolerated, despite its contradiction with popular societal and religious was widespread.
While operating a brothel is illegal, soliciting prostitution is not a crime. High rates of prostitution existed in tourist areas such as Nairobi and coastal tourist areas Prostitution is punishable by a fine or administrative arrest.
This map shows the legal status of prostitution (not activities surrounding prostitution such as brothels, pimping etc) by country.
Prostitution is engaging in sexual activity with another person in exchange for compensation, such as money or other valuable goods.
The police frequently used the antiprostitution statutes as tools for harassment, arresting prostitutes and holding them until they paid bribes but rarely prosecuting the cases in court.
Although soliciting customers is illegal, prostitution is legal if individuals are at least 21 years of age, register with the police, carry a valid sanitary card, and test negative for sexually transmitted infections.
Pimping is a crime with penalties ranging from two to seven years in prison.
The purpose of this Act is to decriminalise prostitution (while not endorsing or morally sanctioning prostitution or its use) and to create a framework. Prostitution remained pervasive, particularly in urban areas.
Sex tourism existed throughout the countryhowever, in April the parliament passed legislation criminalizing the buying of sexual services.
The law also prohibits advertising for prostitution and prohibits a third party, or pimp, from profiting from prostitution or procurement of sexual services.
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Married women who had sex outside marriage were stoned to death. Many considered 'temporary marriages' a form of prostitution.