Prostitution in Qatar is illegal[1] and carries severe punishment of several years in prison.[2][3] Prostitution normally takes place in bars, nightclubs and hotels. There are occasional clamp-downs and the prostitutes are arrested and deported.[4]

Legal situation

Like other Gulf countries, prostitution and related activities are illegal. Chapter 6 of the Penal Code deals with Instigation of Debauchery, Dissipation and Fornication:[5]

Sex trafficking

See also: Human trafficking in Qatar

Qatar is listed by the US Department of State as a Tier 2 country for trafficking.[6] It is a destination for men and women trafficked for the purposes of involuntary servitude and, to a lesser extent, commercial sexual exploitation.[6] The country is a destination for women from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, India, Africa, and Eastern Europe trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.[6]

The State of Qatar, however, made substantial efforts to eliminate trafficking by increasing the overall anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts. The 2011 anti-trafficking law forbade sex and labor trafficking and suggested penalties of up to seven years imprisonment for the criminal. The government regulated a fine of up to 250,000 Qatari riyal ($68,680) and up to 15 years imprisonment, if the crimes involved adult male victims, and up to 300,000 Qatari riyal ($82,420) in case of an adult female or a child victim.[7]


  1. ^ "The Legal Status of Prostitution by Country". Chartsbin. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  2. ^ "In Qatar, Up to 3 years jail for illegal sex and 10 years for prostitution". Qatar Day. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. ^ Ditmore, Melissa Hope (1 January 2006). Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work: A-N. Vol. 1. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313329685. Retrieved 21 March 2017 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Life in Qatar". Qatar Visitor. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Law No. 11 of 2004 Issuing the Penal Code - Instigation of Debauchery, Dissipation and Fornication". Almeezan. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Protection Act of 2000: Trafficking in Persons Report 2007, US Department of State Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for. "Refworld | 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report - Qatar". Refworld. Retrieved 2022-05-09.