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Philippines – The Revised Penal Code as amended by Act No. 10158 (March 27, 2012)

Article 202 of the Philippines’ Revised Penal Code defines prostitution as a crime only women can commit.

  • Country: Philippines
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Prostitution

Article 202 of the Philippines’ Revised Penal Code defines prostitution as a crime only women can commit.

Article 202. Prostitutes; Penalty. –

For the purposes of this article, women who, for money or profit, habitually indulge in sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct, are deemed to be prostitutes.  Any person found guilty of any of the offenses covered by this article shall be punished by arresto menor [minor arrest] or a fine not exceeding 200 pesos, and in case of recidivism, by arresto mayor [major arrest] in its medium period to prision correccional [correctional prison] in its minimum period or a fine ranging from 200 to 2,000 pesos, or both, in the discretion of the court.

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