Overview[ edit ] Although prostitution is illegal it is widespread, particularly in the capital, Kigali ,   and other urban centres. Obligations and penalties for failure to comply Article Definition of prostitution Article Obligations to be fulfilled by a prostitute Any person who engages in prostitution shall fulfill, for a period not exceeding one year, one or more of the following obligations: If a person subsequently commits prostitution as provided under Paragraph 2 of this Article shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six 6 months to two 2 years and a fine of fifty thousand 50, to five hundred thousand , Rwandan francs or one of these penalties.
The penalties under paragraph 2 of this Article shall also apply to any person caught having sexual intercourse with a prostitute. Incitement to prostitution Article Encouraging, inciting or manipulating a person for the purpose of prostitution Article Discouraging efforts to rehabilitate prostitutes Article Advertisement for facilitation of prostitution Sub-section 3: Exploitation of the prostitution Article Running, managing or investing in a brothel Article Sharing the proceeds of prostitution Article Sharing the proceeds of prostitution by a child Article Aiding, abetting and protecting prostitution Article Providing a facility for prostitution Sub-section 4: Aggravating circumstances Article Aggravating circumstances for prostitution-related offence Prostitute serial murders[ edit ] 15 women, mostly prostitutes, were murdered in Kigali in July — August Human trafficking in Rwanda Rwanda is a source, transit, and to a lesser extent, destination country for women, and children subjected to sex trafficking.
Rwandan girls and some boys, some of whom are secondary school students between the ages of 13 to 18, are exploited in commercial sex in hotels, at times through the facilitation of hotel owners.
Local human rights groups reported in that some Rwandan girls in domestic work, who become pregnant and thereby terminated by their employers and unable to return to their home villages, are subsequently exploited in sex trafficking. Some Rwandan men, women, and children are subjected to sex trafficking in destinations around the world; the primary destinations for Rwandan victims are Uganda, the DRC, and other parts of East Africa.
Rwandan victims are also reportedly exploited in sex trafficking in China. In , some Rwandan girls were forced into marriages with men in Tanzania and may have experienced commercial sexual exploitation through these marriages. Reporting in indicated Kampala and Nairobi based labour recruiters and brokers recruited Rwandan workers through fraudulent offers of employment abroad and subjected them to sex trafficking.
According to an international organisation, there has been an increase in sex trafficking of Burundian male and female teenagers through Rwanda to third countries since Burundian refugee girls transited through Rwanda and were exploited in sex trafficking in Uganda. Separately, female child refugees in a Congolese refugee camp were reportedly subjected to sex trafficking in nearby towns in , allegedly facilitated by one civilian and three RDF soldiers assigned to the camp.