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MAP: How Do Slavic Countries Treat Prostitution?

From hilariously low fees to pretty large ones hurting their pocket

Photo: Jakub Marin

The oldest profession in the world is seen on many different ways by various human cultures and nations. Prostitution is subjected to completely different laws in different parts of the world, and the situation in Europe in especially complicated with each country having a history of different laws and practices. There are essentially four different ways in which European legislators approach prostitution:

The most supportive approach, which could be called the German model” (because it has been commonly applied in German lands since the Middle Ages), is to treat prostitution like any other profession and enforce appropriate regulation (citizens can be officially employed or self-employed as prostitutes).

  • Legal and regulated: Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey

  • Legal but unregulated: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom

  • Illegal for buyer: France, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden

  • Illegal for seller: Andorra, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia (FYROM), Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine

Slavs and Eastern Europe in general is pretty conservative when it comes to prostitution, they have been treating it as an offense from middle ages till now. These fines depend also on general wealth of a nation, being lowest in Ukraine with only 8€ fine and most rigid in Macedonia with 800€.

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