For Development/For proposes improving prostitution regulation by introducing fines for buyers of sex services

  • 2020-07-27
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Interior Ministry has only received one proposal on how to improve the prostitution regulation in Latvia, with For Development/For proposing fines for buyers of sex services. 

The Interior Ministry's parliamentary secretary Signe Bole told LETA that Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) had expected coalition partners to submit their proposals for a prostitution restriction bill by July 13. 

For Development/For was the only coalition partner to come up with a proposal, which calls for penalizing the buyer of sex services instead of the prostitutes. 

Previously, a similar norm was proposed by some nongovernmental organizations.

The government is expected to resume discussions on the issue in August, Bole said. 

As reported, due to politicians' inability to come to an agreement, since July 1, there is no regulation in Latvia allowing to penalize persons for illegal prostitution.

Under the previous provisions of the Administrative Offences Code, violations of the regulations regarding the restriction of prostitution were punishable by fines from EUR 350 to EUR 700 for private individuals and EUR 700 to EUR 1,400 for legal entities.

Under the government regulations, minors' involvement in prostitution is prohibited and advertising of sex services is banned on the internet, in the press and other media, excluding erotic publications.

It is also prohibited to provide sexual services in organized groups.

As the new Administrative Liability Law came into effect on July 1, the Administrative Offences Code lost its force. According to the new law, penalties for administrative offenses have to be included in laws regulating each particular sphere, but there is no specific law in Latvia regulating prostitution.