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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (October 26, 2001 – Marshall Islands Journal)--Prostitution is now illegal in the Marshall Islands, following the Nitijela’s passage of the Prostitution Prohibition Act of 2001.

The bill, which was strongly endorsed by local churches and community leaders, provides for strong penalties for people engaging in, patronizing or promoting prostitution in the RMI.

Participating in prostitution as the provider or the user is subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and up to two years in jail, while anyone convicted of promoting prostitution can be fined up to $10,000 and/or given a jail term of up to five years.

The Marshall Islands Journal, Box 14, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960 E-mail:  Subscriptions (weekly): 1 year US $87.00; international $213.00 (air mail).

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