HLUTTAW MULLS LIGHTER PENALTIES FOR PROSTITUTION IN NEW LAW
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.