Prostitution in Saudi Arabia is strictly illegal. Prostitution is punishable by prison and flogging. Indeed all sexual activity outside of a lawful marriage for the purpose of procreation is illegal. Hence, a prostitute and his or her client can also be charged with adultery, fornication and sodomy.
Prostitutes tend to be mostly from Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria and Ethiopia, and Bangladesh. Foreign prostitutes who are arrested by the Saudi vice police face deportation.
- Riyadh – the capital and “dead center” of the Kingdom.
- Abha – a summer tourist mountain resort city in the southwest near the Yemeni border.
- Dhahran – the home of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest petroleum company.
- Jeddah (Jiddah) – a large metropolitan city on the Red Sea, and the gateway to Makkah and Madinah.
- Jubail – the largest industrial city in the kingdom.
- Mecca (Makkah) – the holiest city of Islam.
- Medina (Madinah) – the site of the Prophet’s Mosque.
- Najran – a Yemeni-influenced city with a remarkable fortress.
- Taif – the moderate size mountain town and popular resort area.
Expect significant variations in the English spellings of place names in schedules and even road signs: Al Wajh and Wedjh are the same place. In particular, Q/G, E/I, and E/A are interchanged freely (Qassim/Gassim, Mecca/Makkah, Jeddah/Jiddah), H/A sometimes swap places (Al-Ahsa/Al-Hasa) and the definite article al- can be left on or off (Medina/Almadinah, Riyadh/Arriyadh).