A Legal Review of Detentions for Sex Workers in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam


A literature review on the legal provisions governing police arrests and compulsory detention of sex workers in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam undertaken by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and produced by Asia Catalyst.

Based on extensive research on the laws, regulations, and procedures available, this report finds that in all four countries, sex workers are subject to periodic crackdowns and raids by police or non-police personnel. Sex workers are arrested and charged under various laws, including prostitution laws, human trafficking laws, or public nuisance laws.