Mexico City’s Decriminalization Law Not Yet Implemented

Mexico City lawmakers voted 38-0 on May 31, 2019, to decriminalize prostitution in the nation's capital city. Rep. Temistocles Villanueva from the ruling center-left Morena Party says that the law is intended to help crack down on sex trafficking in the city, as well as recognizing that consenting adults have a right to engage in sex work.

Elvira Madrid, founder of a sex work rights group in Mexico, welcomes the change in the law. Other human rights groups also say that decriminalization will strengthen anti-trafficking public policy if appropriate legislation follows (Reuters, 2019). The law has not yet been implemented, but legislators are hopeful about results.

Asamblea Legislativa del Distrito Federal Ciudad de México