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Following the anti-trafficking law of 2015, prostitution in the country has decreased on the streets, however it has increased in brothels, bars, and nightclubs. The tricks are often made inside or behind the clubs, in rooms that the sex buyer can reserve. Depending on the location, sex buyers are recruited through procurers that facilitate the exchange or by prostituted persons directly. Regarding payment, procurers are paid by sex buyers, by prostituted persons or sometimes both.

The main prostitution areas are found in urban, peri-urban and business areas. The cities of Lilongwe, the capital, and Blantyre, a city located in the south of the country, concentrate the majority of prostitution networks and trafficking. The majority of those employed are women or young girls from rural areas who wish to find a job in the city. Most of them are between 15 and 25 years old.