YAY! Some GOOD NEWS for a change! Switzerland just raised the legal age of doing prostitution and pornography from 16 to 18! Of course we don’t think that anyone of ANY age should be doing porn or being prostituted, but at least this is a step in the right direction! Every bit helps, and hopefully this will help prevent many teen girls in Switzerland from doing porn or prostitution at the ages of 16 or 17!
GENEVA (AFP) – The Swiss parliament voted Tuesday to raise the legal prostitution age from 16 to 18, tightening the country’s liberal sex-trade laws to bring them in line with European standards.
The lower house of parliament voted to change the Swiss penal code to make it illegal to pay for sex with a minor, following suit after the upper house adopted the bill.
Until now, paying for sex with people above 16 — the legal age of consent in Switzerland — was legal in the small Alpine country.
With the law change, prostitutes between the ages of 16 and 18 will not face penalties, but clients who pay for sex with minors will face up to three years behind bars.
Anyone encouraging prostitution by minors, including pimps, and people running brothels or escort services, will face up to 10 years in prison.
The law change also raises the legal age to participate in pornography, making it a crime punishable by up to five years in jail to produce, import, promote, screen or possess pornography featuring minors.
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