Information about prostitution laws in Peru
Prostitution: Prostitution is Legal
Brothels: Brothels are Legal
Pimping: Pimping is Illegal
"Peruvian sex workers urged the government on Friday to regulate their profession, saying it would protect them from violence and help stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Although prostitution is legal in Peru and in much of Latin America, sex workers said prostitutes should be allowed to work under license in 'tolerance zones.' To get and keep a license they would have to register with the government, submit to regular health checks and pay taxes.
'People have to understand that it's not simply about a whore standing on a street corner, it's a woman, a lady who's working,' said Angela Villon, president of the Civil Association of Sex Workers, at a news conference....
According to the health ministry, there are around 60,000 sex workers in Peru, 14,000 of them in the capital Lima, although Villon said she believed the true figures were higher."
Gideon Long, "Sex Workers Urge Peru to Regulate Prostitution," Reuters, May 18, 2007
The population of Peru is 29546963