Judiciary maintain prostitution is illegal in Malawi: Faults sex workers associations

The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has reacted on the formation of sex workers associations in different districts in the country.

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This comes following reports that Thyolo Sex Workers Association elected new leadership during elections that were held recently at Luchenza Community Hall in Thyolo district.

Judiciary Spokesperson, Mlenga Mvula said the practice of prostitution is illegal in the country.

“Prostitution is illegal in Malawi and the law says that living on the proceeds of prostitution is an offence punishable by law,” said Mvula.

According to Section 145(1)(a,b), anyone who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution; or in any public place persistently solicits or importunes for immoral purposes, shall be guilty of misdemeanor.

Thyolo District Council AIDS Coordinator, Davis Kavalo said of late the Council has been working with sex works as one way of fighting the spread of the virus and was optimistic that the leadership will continue helping to address HIV issues. He was optimistic that the leadership will continue helping to address HIV issues and the association gets its funding from National Aids Commission (NAC).

Moreover, Section 147(1)(a) also states that any person who owns, controls, manages, supervises or otherwise keeps, alone or in association with another person, a house or business for prostitution; shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to imprisonment for fourteen years.


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Badyani mahulewo, mufela ku room muona. Chaka chake ndi chino, zoona kulola kuyamwidwa shaft ndi hule…………..


prostitution is not illegal in Malawi, what is illegal is buying sex,owning a brothel and selling someone for sex


apatseni chochita kuti business ya uhuleyo asiye

thako lambeta

I like that statement kuti uhule is illegal in malawi suprisingly ndi inu nomwe mumazemba azikazi anu kwanu kumakadya mahule womwewo nde uhule utha bwanji

Big Man

This Mlenga Mvula guy is misunderstanding the legal provision. That law is targeted towards “pimps” and “madams” who “manage” prostitutes. It does not outlaw prostitution itself but rather those services that offer prostitutes.

Chidya Mahule

Aloleni mahule azigwira ntchito yao yotamandika mwa ufulu ndi momasuka, izi zipangitsa kuti mahulewa akakumana ndi vuto azithandizidwa mosavuta, komanso zipangitsa kuti amabungwe othandidza kuchepetsa kufala kwa edzi ndi matenda ena azitha kuwapeza ndi kuwaphunzitsa moyenela. Making prostitution illegal will not help anyone (mahulewo komanso society at large). Wake up opanga malamulo, zinthu zinasitha so change your archaic laws

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