Kyrgyzstan: Vice Squad Driving Sex Work Underground

Kyrgyzstan’s sex workers accuse the police of shakedowns although prostitution has been legal since 1998. (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

Nights are quiet now on Pravda Street. Only a few older women are to be found in Bishkek’s notorious red-light district. They are the mamochki – elsewhere known as “madams,” female pimps. The girls are hidden away, often in taxis parked next to the road.

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Adriane Lochner is a Bishkek-based writer.

Kyrgyzstan: Vice Squad Driving Sex Work Underground

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