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Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublika), is a country in Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states.

Human Rights 2015: an overview by Amnesty International

Number of sex workers: 1000 – 3000 (according to Lithuanian AIDS Centre data)

HIV rates: 0.1% in general population, but over 5% among people who inject drugs and in prisons (according to National Center for Communicative diseases and AIDS).

HIV prevalence among sex workers: 6.7%.

Legislation and sex work:

Sex work is illegal, and it is an administrative offense: voluntary sex work of a person who is older that 16 y.o. and in sound mind, draws administrative punishment: a fine of 300 to 500 litas (approximately $124 to $207) for a single offense and up to 1,000 litas ($415) for repeat offenses, or administrative arrest up to 30 days.

Purchase of sex services also draws administrative punishment (a fine).

The Penalty Code punishes the following crimes:

  • coercion into prostitution;forcing to engage into prostitution of underaged, materially dependent persons and persons dependent due to held posts, as well as involvement into prostitution by way of blackmail/deceit/use of psychological or physical pressure: imprisonment for 3 – 7 years;
  • pandering / pimping: a fine, detention, arrest or imprisonment from 3 to 5 years;
  • human trafficking: imprisonment from 4 to up to 8 years, and if it is committed against a juvenile, as repeated action, in conspiracy or by a recidivist: an imprisonment from 6 up to 12 years. 

Services that exist in the country: Services for the victims of trafficking, funded by the EU, LT government, religious organizations (e.g. Caritas). Services for sex workers: “Demetra”.

No Global Fund funding.

Sex workers’ movement: None

Latest news

Lithuania
By ekaterina on Jun 2nd, 2017

Today, on 2nd of June 2017, we mark The International Sex Workers’ Day. On this day in 1975 French sex workers occupied the Saint-Nizier church in Lyon for 8 days in a desperate attempt to call attention to their worsened working conditions. On 10th June at 5 o'clock the Church was brutally raided and cleared by police forces.

Lithuania
By ekaterina on Dec 6th, 2016

Between 10 th -12 th November, 2016, in Budapest, Hungary, SWAN in collaboration with IWRAW Asia Pacific hosted a Regional Meeting to discuss follow-ups on Concluding Observations given by the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) to 10 countries in the CEECA region - Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

Lithuania
By admin on Mar 8th, 2011

An article about sex work by DELFI, the biggest internet news portal in Lithuania. According to Coalition's opinion, the article was objective and comprehensive enough and rose a lot of good questions. Read original in Lithuanian below.

Lithuania
By admin on Mar 8th, 2011

June, 2010 – Though it was Saturday, journalists met with SWAN representatives in Lithuania to talk about sex work. In hope to establish a closer and more productive relationship and to open a dialogue on the representation of sex workers in media, Coalition I Can Live invited journalists from various printed media for a discussion.

Lithuania
By Aliya on Apr 12th, 2010

Sex workers’ organizations across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia used the opportunity of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers to advocate SW’s rights. Below is a summary of the activities carried out be the organizations.

Lithuania
By Aliya on Dec 16th, 2009

The meeting brought together 32 participants from 16 countries with the aim to exchange experience, share problems and find solutions, renew and strengthen the partnership ties and get to know new network members better.

Lithuania
By Aliya on Dec 16th, 2009

The Ohrid network meeting was preceded by an activists’ meeting. 18 sex worker activists turned the meeting room into an art workshop and a cafeteria to discuss issues and personal experience around sex work in their countries.

Lithuania
By Aliya on Dec 15th, 2009

Dear all:

To mark December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, the Sex Workers' Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia is releasing its new report, Arrest the Violence: Human Rights Violations Against Sex Workers in 11 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The report is based on interviews with more than 200 male, female and transgender sex workers between 2007 and 2009 and chillingly documents widespread violence and discrimination against them, particularly by state actors.

According to Rebecca Schleifer of Human Rights Watch’s Health and Human Rights Division:

Arrest the Violence is the first piece of research done under the leadership of sex workers to document human rights violations they face across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Sex workers throughout the region report that they face verbal and physical abuse, including beatings, kidnapping, and sexual violence, by police and private citizens. Sex workers also report that police confiscated condoms as “evidence” of sex work, and subjected them to mandatory HIV testing.
These are not isolated incidents. The physical, sexual, and verbal violations of sex workers’ rights are part of a pattern of abuse by police and in the community that is documented throughout the region.
It is my sincere hope that this report will serve as a catalyst to awaken the broader human rights community to the importance of documenting and denouncing human rights abuses against sex workers, and working with sex workers to end these abuses.

To access the report, please follow the links below.
Questions or comments may be directed to SWAN@TASZ.HU.

Sincerely,
Aliya Rakhmetova
Coordinator Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN)

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Lithuania
By Aliya on Jun 22nd, 2009

May 4, 2009, Vilnius --- the analytical TV show „Balsas.lt“ which is broadcasted through TV3, one of the most popular commercial television channels in Lithuania, featured the sex work situation in Lithuania. Sex workers, police officers and MPs were interviewed.

Lithuania
By Aliya on Jan 26th, 2009

I Can Live Coalition, SWAN member from Lithuania, organized on December 17 a consultative meeting that focused on human rights of sex workers and legal and health services. The event attracted media attention.

Lithuania
By adam on Jul 31st, 2006

In July this year, the Coalition I Can Live, the SWAN Network member from Lithuania, initiated establishment of a national contact network of organizations concerned about sex work issues in this Baltic country. The establishment of the network has attracted attention of the leading national media and initiated public discussion about the rights of sex workers.

Lithuania
By admin on Jul 31st, 2006

In July this year, the Coalition I Can Live, the SWAN Network member from Lithuania, initiated establishment of a national contact network of organizations concerned about sex work issues in this Baltic country. The establishment of the network has attracted attention of the leading national media and initiated public discussion about the rights of sex workers.

Lithuania
By admin on Jul 31st, 2006

In July this year, the Coalition I Can Live, the SWAN Network member from Lithuania, initiated establishment of a national contact network of organizations concerned about sex work issues in this Baltic country. The establishment of the network has attracted attention of the leading national media and initiated public discussion about the rights of sex workers.

Lithuania
By idoru on Apr 10th, 2006

A Coalition of non-governmental organizations and experts "I Can Live" is the only such organization in Lithuania, active since 2004, that unites non-governmental organizations (6) and specialists (13) interested in effective solutions to drug-dependence and related issues of vulnerable groups as well as in creation of a safe and healthy society. The main goals of the Coalition are to seek that policy-making, decision-making and implementing institutions and persons directly related to vulnerable groups would comprehend the needs of those groups; to reduce stigmatization of and discrimination against vulnerable persons by shaping public opinion; to promote development and funding of the integration and resocialization system for vulnerable groups and mechanisms for their implementation; to seek effective implementation of the principles of harm reduction to the society/people laid down in the national drug control, drug use and HIV/AIDS prevention policy; to increase accessibility of health care, social and other services to vulnerable groups; to develop the capacity of the Coalition members, self-organization of vulnerable groups and active involvement thereof in decision making processes. In pursuing these goals the Coalition organizes monitoring and analysis of adoption and enforcement of legal; provides recommendations and consultations to authorities and other institutions as to how to address dependencies and related issues; carries out research into dependencies and related issues; organizes conferences, educational seminars, discussions and lectures; drafts information materials about dependencies and related issues. More

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