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Penalties provided for prostitution

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 September, 2010, 12:00am

People who travel to Hong Kong as visitors and work as prostitutes may be guilty of an offence of breach of condition of stay under Section 41 of the Immigration Ordinance which provides for a fine of HK$50,000 and a period of imprisonment of up to two years.

Section 147 of the Crimes Ordinance stipulates that a person who in a public place or in view of the public (a) solicits for any immoral purpose; or (b) loiters for the purpose of soliciting for any immoral purpose, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of $10,000 and to imprisonment for six months.

Section 137 of the Crimes Ordinance stipulates that a person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution of another shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 10 years.

Section 130 of the Crimes Ordinance stipulates that a person who harbours another person or exercises control, direction or influence over another person for the purpose of or with a view to that person's prostitution, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 14 years.

Under section 117 (3) of the Crimes Ordinance, premises, vessels or places are not vice establishments for the purpose of this ordinance, unless they are used wholly or mainly by two or more persons for the purposes of prostitution.

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