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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union poverty has increased and many women and children are resorting to the sex trade. [ 4 ]
Prostitution in Austria.
This is an example of regulated prostitution. Prostitution is legal but restricted by several regulations. Most prostitutes are migrants, mainly from the former Eastern Bloc countries. [ 5 ]
Prostitution in Azerbaijan.
Prostitution in Azerbaijan is illegal. Many Russian women have migrated from Azerbaijan to work in the sex trade in other countries. Some of these may have been trafficked though the exact figures are uncertain [ 6 ]
Prostitution in Belarus.
Prostitution is illegal in Belarus. However prostitution is present in the country, particularly in regions outside the main cities and in hotels. [ 7 ]
Prostitution in Belgium.
Prostitution itself is legal in Belgium, but the law prohibits operating brothels and other forms of pimping [ 8 ] or assisting immigration for the purpose of prostitution. However, in practice enforcement can be lax and “unofficial” brothels are tolerated (for example in Antwerp). Human trafficking or exploiting individuals for financial gain is punishable for a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. [ 9 ] A recent report by RiskMonitor foundation found that 70% of the prostitutes who work in Belgium are from Bulgaria [ 10 ] . Belgium is listed by the UNDOC as a top destination for victims of human trafficking. [ 11 ] Many sex workers organisations feel that the present grey area in which prostitution operates leaves sex workers vulnerable to exploitation. [ 12 ] [ 13 ] [ 14 ] [ 15 ]
Prostitution in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Prostitution is illegal. The law treats procuring as a major crime. Under the law, trafficking is a state?level crime that carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. [ 16 ]
Prostitution in Bulgaria.
Prostitution itself is not illegal, but organized prostitution (brothels, prostitution rings or other forms of procuring) is prohibited [ 17 ] Because of poor socioeconomic conditions, a high number of Romani women were involved in prostitution. [ 17 ]
It originally gained a reputation as a transit for human trafficking, and now it has gained a reputation for being a destination for the sex trade to take place. [ 18 ] [ 19 ]
The Bulgarian government is stepping up its efforts to eradicate human trafficking. [ 19 ] . The sex trade is a major money maker for Bulgarian criminals. [ 20 ] [ 21 ] [ 22 ] The Bulgarian government did consider fully legalizing and regulating prostitution. [ 23 ]
Prostitution in Croatia.
Prostitution in Croatia is illegal, but like in many other Southeast European countries, the problem of human trafficking for the purposes of sex is big in Croatia. However, according the U.S. State Department, Croatia is a tier 1 country, actively working to prevent the sex trade. [ 24 ] [ 25 ]
Prostitution in Cyprus.
The law does not prohibit prostitution itself, but operating brothels, organizing prostitution rings, living off the profits of prostitution, encouraging prostitution or forcing a person to engage in prostitution are illegal activities. [ 26 ] The law regulating the hiring of women at nightclubs and cabarets provides penalties for women and employers who “partially or completely earn a living from prostitution.” In July 2006 the Nicosia District Court ordered the first prostitution-related imprisonment in the area administered by Turkish Cypriots. After pleading no contest to the charges, the manager of Mexico nightclub, Mesut Kilicarslan, was sentenced to 15 days in prison for encouraging and profiting from prostitution. By year’s end three more suspects were sentenced to imprisonment for encouraging and profiting from prostitution. [ 26 ]
Cyprus has been criticized by the US State Department [ 27 ] for failing to control the follow of illegal immigrants and legal to be involved in forced prostitution. Cyprus has gained a reputation for being a major transit point for people smugglers to transport women for the purposes of prostitution. International observers have criticized the government for its lack of action to prevent forced prostitution. The law of Cyprus forbids forced (but not voluntary) prostitution. However, its believed that many immigrants are hired as bar maids and coerced into prostitution by this method. [ 28 ]
Prostitution in the Czech Republic.
In the Czech Republic prostitution is not illegal, but brothels or other forms of procuring are prohibited. [ 29 ] The enforcement of these laws is lax and prostitution and other activities which surround it are very common in the country.
Ever since the Czechoslovakian Velvet Revolution (1989) led to the creation of the two independent states Czech Republic and Slovakia, prostitution has been flourishing, and has contributed its share to the region’s booming tourist economy. It is widespread in Prague and areas near the Republic’s western borders with Germany and Austria. In 2002, the Czech Statistical Bureau estimated the trade to be worth six billion crowns ($217 million) a year. [ 30 ] Current estimates indicate there are 10,000 to 25,000 prostitutes in the country. In Prague, the city’s third district (Praha 3), immediately east of the center, is home to much of the city’s sex industry. As of January, 2008, prostitutes could be found in the local Czech classifieds newspapers for approximately 1,000 crowns per hour.