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Prostitution in Europe

Prostitution in Europe

Prostitution in Europe

Prostitution is something that’s always going to be present no matter what country you are visiting. While it may be harder to find in some countries than others, there are always ways of getting around the laws and of keeping the operations secretive. However there is some prostitution in Europe that is legal, and in these countries it is possible to use prostitutes completely legally. Prostitution in Europe is legal in eight countries: Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands and Turkey. Meanwhile the laws against prostitution in Europe are enforced to varying degrees across the rest of Europe meaning that it’s more possible to find prostitution in some countries than others.

For instance in Bulgaria despite laws against prostitution, Westerners walking around the tourist regions at night can expect to get lots of offers from prostitutes and this can actually be quite off putting as they tend to not like taking no for an answer. Meanwhile in other ‘party’ areas such as Magaluf it is also relatively easy to find prostitution in Europe. Somewhere like England on the other hand has much stricter rules and it is more difficult to find prostitution in Europe though there is certainly an industry running there. For instance it is not completely unusual to see a prostitute on the streets of London, there are many ‘escort’ services some of which provide ‘extra’ benefits, and it is possible to find massages with ‘happy endings’ even by looking online.

In the countries where prostitution in Europe is viewed more liberally this generates a lot of tourism known as ‘sex tourism’. In the case of Amsterdam this is not always necessarily in order to use the prostitutes – but sometimes to enjoy a range of other attractions. For instance in Amsterdam the prostitution windows in the red light district – which display women like products in a shop window – are a huge attraction simply because most countries have nothing like that. Meanwhile Amsterdam also offers live sex shows, glory holes, more riské strip shows.

European Prostitution

European Prostitution

An interesting question arises when discussing legal prostitution in Europe and opinions are divided on whether it is something to be lauded. As prostitution in Europe is available even in the countries where it is not illegal, it is often believed that making it legal would be a better way to at least control and govern the prostitution that does occur rather than driving it underground. Where prostitution in Europe is legal, the prostitutes in question are subject to STI tests and screened for drugs, whereas illegal prostitution in Europe has no such benefits and often the prostitution goes hand in hand with a range of other crimes. There is also the belief that legal prostitution can help to prevent other crimes such as rape as those who have difficulty controlling their sexual appetite at least have an outlet. While there is no easy answer, legal prostitution in Europe does provide a model for how this could work in other countries.

7 Comments so far

  1. Ralph   June 2, 2011 10:22 am

    I would have never thought that any type of prostitution is legal. But I guess that Europe has different laws and regulations than what we do here in the states. I do not agree with prostitution at all. I think that it is wrong and sick.

  2. June   June 9, 2011 8:09 am

    I find it very off that some forms of prostitution is legal in Europe. I am not here to judge but I would think that it would be confusing. How are you suppose to know what is legal and what is not legal? Do not get me wrong I do not agree with European prostitution.

  3. Anonymous   December 31, 2011 7:04 am

    I’m a student and I really enjoy working as a prostitute, everybody knows that I do it. I don’t try to hide it! This is crazy, how should I earn my money?
    Anonymous

  4. Adaneli   March 21, 2012 8:28 am

    that 16 is probably a btteer answer than 18 (i.e., you’re roughly as mature at either age), but it’s still an arbitrary number. That said, if someone my age starting chasing my 16 year old daughter, I’d probably end up in prison for murder.I’d go on to compare Republicans and Democrats (not to mention their enablers in the media) with prostitutes, but I don’t want to demean sex workers.I’m guessing you meant that as a joke, but I actually believe it. Sex workers are far more honest than politicians. I have more respect for the sex workers. Seriously. At least they earn their money, rather than steal it. Much like the Backstreet Boys, Two And A Half Men, or the Jackass movies…it’s not my cup of tea, but I don’t begrudge them a living. I can’t say the same for politicians.

  5. Francostars   December 4, 2012 11:50 am

    Prohibition is the water of mafia fish and it is better to avoid it where it is possible as the paying sex among adult and consentient people. Moreover, it is better to legalize and tax prostitution all over European Union for having much more money entring for its States.

  6. Srikanth   December 7, 2012 12:27 pm

    What is morally wrong need not be legally wrong, to say it depends everything on the person in what way he is living and leading the life.

  7. g williams   February 1, 2013 2:55 pm

    the law is the transcript of gods character, and any one who fails to that standard through the grace jesus christ is doomed forever

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