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On May 19, the Supreme Court of India recognized prostitution as a profession and declared that prostitutes are entitled to dignity and constitutional rights.

Prostitution is not illegal in India, but certain activities related to prostitution may be considered illegal. For example, the Indian Penal Code the following activities are punishable by law — pimping, renting out property for running brothels, abducting or inducing a person for prostitution

According to the Indian Penal Code (IPC), prostitution in its broader sense is not really illegal per se, but there are certain activities which constitute a major part of prostitution that are punishable under certain provisions of the act, which are: Soliciting prostitution services in public places. carrying out prostitution activities in hotels, indulging in prostitution by arranging for a sex worker, arrangement of a sexual act with a customer.

The changes anticipated by the India Supreme Court’s declaration supporting the constitutional rights of prostitutes may assist prostitutes who have been a victim of crime to more freely assert their legal rights. In the arrest or prosecution of a brothel owner, or the prosecution of a procurer or pimp, the prostitute may be protected from prosecution. Prostitutes who are victims of sexual assault will be given all of the same services as a survivor of sexual assault, including immediate medical attention.

Thailand criminal law is similar in that prostitution in Thailand is not in itself illegal, but many of the activities associated with it are illegal.   For example, The Thailand criminal law Section 286 criminalizes “pimping” or profiting from their earnings of a prostitute as follows:  Any person, being over sixteen years of age, subsists on the earning of a prostitute, even it is some part of her incomes, shall be punished with imprisonment of seven to twenty years and fined of fourteen thousand to forty thousand Baht, or imprisonment for life.


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Thailand’s new Personal Data Protection Law has became official law on June 1, 2022. The law has been introduced to the public as protecting rights to privacy by criminalizing the use of private data by persons and organizations without the person’s consent. In the modern digital world, the law would have a big effect on journalists and social media bloggers.

The Data Protection law may put journalists and bloggers at risk for expressing fair comments on important political and social issues. According to Jiraporn Thongphong, a criminal defense attorney in Thailand, Unless a journalist or someone on social media can prove that comment fits within a particulars exceptions described in the new law, that person faces penalties of imprisonment for up to 1 year. The exceptions to the prohibitions on data stated in the new law include:

  1. Protecting Health and Safety
  2. Public Interest
  3. Statistical Research

However, questions such as what information is actually in the public interest or supports public safety are normal issues that are normally controversial. Hitler’s racial laws were based on public health and led to the murder of millions of innocent people in Europe. Pol Pot’s policies of economic redistribution and societal restructuring in Cambodia were also considered in the “public interest but led to the senseless deaths of millions.

Free speech is an important right and meets to be prattled against preventing overreaching laws. Moreover, Thailand’s constitution supports freedom of speech pursuant to Section 34 which states, in part: “A person shall enjoy the liberty to express opinions, make speeches, write, print,publicize and express by other means.

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