All of this is far more difficult for young girls who have less experience and law level of education. Education seems to be a particular importance – all the interviewed sex workers who were working with relative success abroad had no profession, but they did have a solid general education.
Nearly all of the prostitutes said that they had heard of women who were sold.
Most commonly sex worker receives one-third of what she earns. In Germany, for example she pays one-third part to the club, where she works, another one-third part goes to the intermediary in Riga. It can also be that a pimp in the country of destination handles entire process, and in this case he receives two-thirds of all earned money.
Supported financially from Riga City Council, a Vice Squad of 15 officers was set up in April 1993. Despite certain shortcomings in the law, the Vice Squad worked to check out the documents of the prostitutes and to ensure that they underwent medical examination. The Vice Squad had a register of prostitutes, which listed approximately 2/3 of all sex workers in the mid-90’s, according to police experts. In April 1996 the financial support was withdrawn, and the Vice Squad was shut down in July 1997. Four people continued to do the work under the Narcotics Office of the Criminal police, but they were fairly circumscribed in terms of the work that they could do.
The laws were improved and the activities of the Vice squad were reinstated and expanded only after information about organized pedophilia in Latvia came to light. In May 2000 Parliament amended the criminal law to address the issue of involving minors in prostitution, adding Article 165’, which deals with the sending of an individual to be used sexually. In April 2000 the Cabinet of ministers adopted new regulations on limiting prostitution:
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The legality of Prostitution in Europe varies by country. Some countries outlaw the act of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for money, while others allow prostitution itself, but prohibit most forms of procuring (such as operating brothels, facilitating the prostitution of another, deriving financial gain from the prostitution of another, soliciting/loitering, etc.) in an attempt to make it more difficult to engage in prostitution.
In 8 European countries (Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Hungary and Latvia) prostitution is legal and regulated.
The degree of enforcement of the anti-prostitution laws vary by country, by region and by city. In many places there is a big discrepancy between the laws which exist on the books and what happens in practice.
Depending on the country, various prostitution related activities may be prohibited (where a specific law forbids such activity), decriminalized (where there is no specific law either forbidding or allowing and regulating the activity), or regulated (where a specific law explicitly allows and regulates the activity if certain conditions are met). Activities which are subject to the prostitution laws include: selling and buying sexual services, soliciting in public places, running brothels, deriving financial gain from the prostitution of another, offering premises to be used for prostitution etc. Often the prostitution laws are not clear cut and are subject to interpretation, leading to many legal grey areas. While the policy regarding adult prostituting differs by country, child prostitution is illegal throughout Europe. Similarly, human trafficking, forced prostitution and other abusive activities are also prohibited.
The legal and social treatment of prostitution differs widely by country.
Very liberal prostitution policies exist in the Netherlands and Germany, and these countries are major destinations for international sex tourism. Amsterdam’s prostitution windows are (in)famous all over the world.
In Sweden, Norway, and Iceland it is illegal to pay for sex, but not to be a prostitute (the client commits a crime, but not the prostitute) because these countries consider prostitution a form of exploitation of women.
In Eastern Europe, the anti-prostitution laws target the prostitutes, because in these countries prostitution is condemned from a moral/conservative viewpoint.
Other countries which have restrictive prostitution policies and officially affirm an anti-prostitution stance are the UK, Ireland and France.
Among countries where prostitution is not officially and legally regulated and recognized as a job, laissez-faire and tolerant attitudes exist in Spain, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
Prostitution in Albania.
Prostitution in Albania is illegal, but the country is a major exporter of human trafficking. [ 1 ]
Prostitution in Andorra.
Prostitution in Andorra is illegal. [ 2 ]
Prostitution in Armenia.
Prostitution itself is not illegal, but operating brothels and other forms of procuring are prohibited. Operating a brothel and engaging in other forms of pimping are punishable by one to 10 years imprisonment. [ 3 ]