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General information (Wikipedia): Slovakia, officially the Slovak Republic (Slovak: Slovenská republika), is a country in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south.The population is over 5 million and comprised mostly of ethnic Slovaks.

Human Rights 2015: an overview by Amnesty International

HIV/AIDS rates: According to UNAIDS from 1985 till the 31-st of December 2014 HIV infection was diagnosed in 725 persons, out of which 595 were citizens of the Slovak Republic and 130 were foreigners. Out of 595 citizens of the Slovak Republic were 441 men and 71 women. In 78 HIV positive persons developed clinical symptoms of AIDS. Most HIV infections in the Slovak Republic was recorded in a group of men having sex with men.

Legal situation around sex work: Work in the sex industry in Slovakia is not legally treated. No law directly deals with work in the sex industry. Current criminal code (No. 300/2005) covers pimping legislation, human trafficking and people forced into prostitution. Punishments in these cases range from 1-12 years depending on the severity of the committed crime.

Services in country: NGO Odyseus is the only organization which has a special program dedicated to sex workers rights. However there are 3 other harm reduction organizations which provide needle exchange also for sex workers. Donors: SWAN, Slovak Czech Women´s Fund. No Global Fund presence in the country.

Sex workers’ movement: None

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