Prostitution in Tunisia is regulated    and confined to two small areas, one in Sfax and the other, Sidi Abdallah Guech in Tunis. Outside these two areas prostitution is illegal. Although the number of registered prostitutes is low, many work illegally, especially since the closure of most of the red-light districts as a consequence of the Jasmine Revolution in During the Ottoman period in Tunisia , prostitutes were taxed according to appearance; the better looking the woman the more she had to pay. Tunisia became a French Protectorate in At that time brothels and prostitution were legal in France and therefore also in Tunisia.
The last legal sex workers in Tunisia
Tunisia | Global Network of Sex Work Projects
Tunisia, which has long led the Arab world in promotion of women's rights and gender equality, hit another milestone this month by becoming the first Arab country to include sex education within the public school curriculum. Starting at age five, Tunisian students will be exposed to sex education throughout their regular curriculum at various age-appropriate points. This new initiative, which was developed by the Tunisian Ministry of Education in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund and the Arab Institute for Human Rights, is designed, in part, to prevent sexual harassment. Tunisia has long been a leader in women's rights in the region, thanks in part to the country's first president, Habib Bourguiba, who enacted a personal status code in that, among other things, outlawed polygamy and granted women the right to seek a divorce and the right to vote. Tunisia also gave women access to birth control in and access to abortion in - eight years before women in the United States were granted access to abortion by the US Supreme Court; a right they now, incidentally, find themselves fighting to preserve. Following a painful fight with the Ennahdha party, who pushed for women to be declared "complementary" to men in family life, equality for women was codified in the Tunisian Constitution, which declares that men and women "have equal rights and duties and are equal before the law without any discrimination".
Tunisia’s 'trailblazing' sex-ed programme struggles out of starting blocks
Background: Sexual violence exists everywhere in the world. It depends mainly on the cultural and religious norms conveyed in the various societies. This is a neglected area of research. Available data are insufficient, especially in Arab-Muslim context.
Selling sex and soliciting are both illegal under the penal code but it seems that there is a policy of toleration in Tunisia although this is reducing since the revolution in There are only two red light districts left in the country where women can register and work legally in brothels. Islamists post revolution have attacked brothels and it seems authorities no longer issuing licenses.