Czech Republic: Sentence reduced from 7 to 5 years for sex worker charged with HIV exposure


Court softens two sentences for potential spreading of HIV

October 11, 2017
Source: Prague Monitor

Prague, Oct 10 (CTK) – The Prague High Court softened on Tuesday the sentences for two suspects who might have knowingly spread HIV, a female prostitute and a man, whose sentences were lowered from seven to five years and from 11.5 to nine years, respectively.

X,28, had sex, protected as well as unprotected, with almost 40 men, though she knew she was HIV-positive in 2012-2016.

She faced up to 12 years in prison for an attempted causing of a bodily harm and spread of a contagious disease.

Her defence said the unprotected sex she had was only oral, and she believed that the risk of infection is not that high in such cases.

The court of appeals took into account that she infected no one, confessed to her offence, and is a mother of two children.

Tuesday’s verdict is definitive.