OT: Is prostitution legal in Europe?
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 15:12|
Mark J. Reed writes:
> Well, yes, the US is amazingly conservative overall. Probably has
> something to do with the fact that we were founded by the folks who
> got kicked out of Europe for being too uptight. Apparently 400 years
> isn't long enough to get over that.
> Still, AFAIK, prostitution is still illegal in most of Europe (the
> Netherlands being an obvious exception).
Is it? I would think the opposite is true and most European countries
tend to start giving it a proper legal status so you get benefits of
social and health insurance, and they also tend to make regular health
checks official etc.
Let's collect a list. I used Google and Wikipedia, the strongest
allies for gathering reliable information, to start a list:
allowed: Prostitution Running brothels
Netherlands: yes yes
Germany: yes yes
France: yes no
Spain: yes no
Italy: yes no
Greece: yes yes
But please complete the list at will.
Actually, I think Amsterdam started to 'clean up' that well-known
neighbourhood where the mixture of restaurants, bars, coffee shops,
mushroom shops, and sex shops was quite unique.