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Controversies traced out in the definition of prostitution in the Moldovan legislation Abstract: Practicing prostitution in the Republic of Moldova is an administrative offence. Thereat, any attempts of enticing, coercing or facilitating engagement of a person into practicing prostitution is regarded as an offence of pimping. Likewise regarded as an offence of pimping is the case when the offender is taking advantage of recruiting certain persons into practicing prostitution. In October 2018, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova proceeded to pass a law giving the following definition to the notion of “prostitution” – gratification of sexual desire of a person by any method and/or means in return for money, including such as the use of information technologies or electronic means of communication. Thereat, one could derive that dissemination of the erotic webcam performances via the Internet for certain category of website visitors against payment might constitute prostitution. Clearly highlighted in present article was the fact that the like activities constitute pornography rather than prostitution. Prostitution require a physical contact. The authors have demonstrated that the definition of prostitution provided by the law contravenes to the case law of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova as well as to some of the regulations passed under the auspices of the Council of Europe and European Union. Finally, the authors suggested a new wording for the notion of prostitution, i.e.: engaging in sexual activity with different individuals benefiting on the services provided by female or male prostitutes, the latter thus pursuing to acquire the means of subsistence or the main source of livelihood

Vitalie Stati ()
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Vitalie Stati: Department of Penal Law, Faculty of Law, Moldova State University, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Juridical Tribune (Tribuna Juridica), 2019, vol. 9, issue 2, 402-435

Keywords: prostitution; cyberprostitution; pornography; erotic video-chat; erotic shows; sexual services online; case law divergences; predictability. Journal: Juridical Tribune (Tribuna Juridica) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K14 K19 K38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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