HLUT­TAW MULLS LIGHTER PENAL­TIES FOR PROS­TI­TU­TION IN NEW LAW

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - HTOO THANT [email protected]­times.com

LEG­IS­LA­TORS are dis­cussing a new law that would im­pose com­mu­nity ser­vice and fines in­stead of prison time for con­victed pros­ti­tutes.

U Aung Tun Khaing, Pyithu Hlut­taw (lower house) MP for Ye town­ship, Mon State, and chair of the Pub­lic Af­fairs Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee, said a new draft of the Sup­pres­sion of Pros­ti­tu­tion Act is still in com­mit­tee in the hlut­taw.

“The com­mit­tee is draft­ing the Sup­pres­sion of Pros­ti­tu­tion Act with the Min­istry of So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment,” he said in a re­port to the hlut­taw on Tues­day.

U Min Thein, MP for Ngazun town­ship, Man­dalay Re­gion, said the new bill needs more dis­cus­sion. “We are wor­ried that it may have prob­lems,” he said.

U Min Thein said the new draft fo­cuses on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and ed­u­ca­tion of pros­ti­tutes, in­stead of pun­ish­ment.

“Noth­ing is cer­tain yet, but the pun­ish­ment will be lighter. Fir­stand sec­ond-time of­fend­ers would be sen­tenced to com­mu­nity ser­vice and third-time of­fend­ers would get fines,” he said.

The bill is be­ing dis­cussed by the So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment Min­istry, the Myanmar Supreme Court, the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, the Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw’s (bi­cam­eral leg­is­la­ture) Le­gal and Spe­cial Cases Anal­y­sis Com­mis­sion, the Bill Com­mit­tee, the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs and the Min­istry of Health and Sports.

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