03 - Prostitution

Prostitution is often described as “the world’s oldest profession”. It has always existed and, despite efforts to crack down on prostitution across the ages, it hasn’t gone away. Advocates of legalising prostitution argue that granting legal status would provide better protection to sex workers, improving both their safety and public health and safety in general.

In many countries in the EU, prostitution itself is legal (or, at least, decriminalised) but is unregulated, and sex workers cannot operate out of brothels. However, the situation varies dramatically between Member States, with prostitution remaining illegal in some EU countries but legalised and regulated right across the border in neighbouring states (such as Croatia and Slovenia, or Lithuania and Latvia).

We had a comment sent in by Akosi, arguing that European governments, and the European Union, should do more to protect prostitutes, including preventing women from being forced into sexual exploitation.

To get a response, we spoke to Mariska Majoor, a former sex worker and founder of the Prostitution Information Center (PIC) in Amsterdam, an NGO providing information and raising public awareness about sex workers.

majoorI totally agree with Akosi. First of all, it’s not all about trafficking – some prostitutes are trafficked and others choose this profession. But for both groups it’s absolutely important that they have a legal status. Because when you have a legal status you can stand up for your rights, you are safer, and you can actually go to the police when you have a problem, instead of running away from them because you are doing something illegal.

So, personal safety, good working conditions, hygiene, etc., is all in the hands of the government and dependent on the legal status of prostitution. So, yes, the government is the party that must act to make things better for sex workers, to help them or to give them more rights and better working circumstances.

People always worry about sex workers, and absolutely sometimes you should, but the only way to help them is when they are visible and not afraid of you. And as long as prostitution is illegal in many countries in the world, it is very difficult to reach out to sex workers.

We also spoke to Mary Honeyball, a British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) who sits with the Social Democrats. In 2014, Honeyball wrote a report on sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality for the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. In the report (which was subsequently adopted by the European Parliament) she recommended following the so-called “Nordic Model”, in which selling sex is legalised but purchasing it is criminalised.

It’s important to point out that Honeyball’s report was non-binding because the European Union does not legislate on social policy. In fact, we had a comment from Jovan arguing that it would never be realistic for legislation around prostitution to be decided at the EU level, because Member States’ policies are far too different for a ‘one size fits all’ basis.

What would Mary Honeyball say?

honeyballWell, he’s absolutely right that social policy is a matter for Member States. However, there are elements of prostitution which are quite clearly cross-border. Trafficking is one of them, for example, which is why the EU has introduced a Directive against trafficking… There are also really quite striking examples in some of the borders between EU countries. For instance, the border between Sweden and Denmark, where in Sweden the Nordic Model is used whereas in Denmark prostitution is legal, and there’s a lot of traffic across the border. There are cross-border issues like that which need to be dealt with. So, it’s not quite as straightforward as saying that dealing with prostitution is social policy and therefore solely for Member States, because there are also cross-border dimensions.

Regardless, there are clearly different attitudes to prostitution across Europe. By granting legal status to prostitutes, but criminalises their clients, could the “Nordic Model” be a compromise solution? What did Mariska Majoor think about this model?

majoorSomething I really worry about is that this model victimises sex workers and criminalises customers, but it will not stop the sex worker from doing what she is doing. And, of course, she wants to protect her income, which means protecting her customers.

So, this model would encourage the sex worker – him or her – to go underground, to work invisibly in order to be able to protect the customer. Pushing sex workers underground and making them invisible means making it more dangerous for them. This whole model would only create more danger for the sex worker, the very person that it sets out to protect. In reality, it would have precisely the opposite effect.

How would Mary Honeyball respond?

honeyballI’m not at all certain it would work like that. It’s quite difficult when you’re coming up with these concepts to see into the future, and everybody has a different interpretation of the effects. The statistic I always quote is that, according to police in Sweden, rates of prostitution have dropped significantly since 1999, since they changed the law to criminalise the buying of sexual services. I have heard people try to argue against that statistic, but it comes from the Swedish police, so I feel if you don’t believe that then what statistics are you going to believe?

Also, the counter to this argument is that the women themselves won’t be criminalised. It will be the men who are criminalised. So, I’m not quite certain why women have so much to fear from the Swedish model, because they will actually not be the ones in any way committing any sort of criminal offence. So, another interpretation is that it will be a lot better for the women, because they would not be criminalised as they currently are in many countries.

Should prostitution be legalised across Europe? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

 



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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

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    That is up to the individual countries within Europe not for an unelected collection of bureaucrats to decide..

    As they say, one size does not fit all.

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Ivan Burrows
      Agreed.

    • avatar
      Daniel

      You are mistaken, it is always the Council, representing the Member State Governments, representing their people that make any such decisions; not the EU civil servants.

    • avatar
      Christian Chopin Chopin

      Who are the elected bureacrats? The Council of elected government ministers or the directly elected European parliamentarians . LEARN WHO DECIDES IN THE EU your ignorance is shameful.

    • avatar
      Markas Paura

      Absolutely.

  2. avatar
    Dimitris Athanasopoulos

    Of course!! Besides the health concern that we have now, then they would all be tested and of course think of the boost from taxes and tourism!

    • avatar
      pavlos karagiannidis

      Why is it a crime when they are not even forced on to this?

  3. avatar
    Marco Alexander Peel

    What takes place under the shadows of illegality is more difficult to control. Sex, in whatever form or for whatever reason between consenting adults is a private matter. But protection against coercion, violence and abuse is a public priority.

    • avatar
      Marcio Carneiro

      And the very basis of LIBERALISM.

  4. avatar
    Jaume Roqueta

    I think this decission should be taken by prostitutes and not by their customers (the politicians)… the day i see prostitutes in the congress then i would take this question seriously.

  5. avatar
    Gent Sinani

    And who can guarantee that these woman’s are not forced. All they says that is thir will… But it happens that the majority of woman’s that do prostitution are forced ore by the economy ore from someone…

    • avatar
      Christian Chopin Chopin

      Using another person’s body for self gratification not for love is the utmost humiliation and disrespect of that person

  6. avatar
    Robert Diaz

    Yes i do think that prostitution should be legal. The legalization should substantially reduce the criminal element Prostitution should be a recognized profession where the individual may receive the benefits as any any worker does. The stigma has done enough damage

  7. avatar
    Karel Van Isacker

    well since EC staff in Brussels is using them so extensively why not even make it tax deductable :-). and i am serious…

  8. avatar
    Diogo Guerreiro [Portugal]

    I want to say yes, but i’m afraid that legalization of prostitution bring a very competitive business and turn women and men into objects – more than it is today. Just look to Amsterdam and see that they have men and women in shop windows. I would like to think that human beings are more that a product with one price. But today prostitution isn’t legal in some countries, and that didn’t changed nothing. Prohibition isn’t the path. Unfortunately legalization is a dangerous path too. Basically this option will open path that isn’t good for human dignity and pimps, simply, will become traders. I don’t support the argument that underground business will ended. Simply they will become legal business.
    In my humble opinion if yes will prevail we need to create good conditions to this and educate to avoid prostitution.It seems contradictory but it is not. Creating good conditions will create security for both parts (prostitutes and clients) and it will help to improve health conditions. Nevertheless education will help too. I want the kids know, but avoid prostitution. Education is the best tool.

    • avatar
      John

      You are right, i like yours

    • avatar
      Marcio Carneiro

      Not legal, not ilegal.
      A private matter should not be under law. A violation of a private matter should have law protection.
      Not consensual selling dogs or having sex are not consensual, so, the law should rule the rignts violated envolved.
      Prostitution is about consensual sex, does not matter if it is payed or not.
      You buy stuff to your wife; is she your prostitute?

    • avatar
      Bill Wirtz

      Your comparison is quite far-fetched: the few windows in Amsterdam do not reflect the slightest the situation of prostitution in the Netherlands.

  9. avatar
    Dani Alexandrov

    If that will force them to pay taxes and not funding the mafia then yes, at the moment all the profit is going streight to the mafia/criminals.

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Dani Alexandrov
      Interesting perspective.

      No mention of the significant number of prostitutes that are coerced to be prostitutes eh!

    • avatar
      Marcio Carneiro

      Taxes are charge by another kind of mafia. An elected one. Is the same.

  10. avatar
    Alex Sekkpefb

    If legalized and supervised prostitution would be safer for sex workers and their clients so I think it should be a wise decision

  11. avatar
    Nando Aidos

    Here goes. The legality issue has to do with all “prohibitions” that just create an underground market of criminals who are then free to exploit whatever is “prohibited”. When do politicians learn this? Remember prohibition in America? And all the alcohol barons? The mafia? Remember?
    OK. So, the answer is – decriminalize prostitution. This is different from legalizing it, so these women have recourse in the legal system. Do the politicians need me to draw a simple picture?
    As for the tax deduction mentioned above by Karel Van Isacker, I would agree but only if used for clinical purposes… like… no, I am not going there…

  12. avatar
    Yordan Vasilev

    The prostitution is a sin, because of that its incomes are under cursed. The EU should be free and blessed place.

    • avatar
      Marcio Carneiro

      Sin are not a crime under the law. So, does not matter if you think it is a sin.
      Nobody vote for muslin leaders or popes, so, religions are not democratic. And nobody want anti-democratic people deciding their lives.

  13. avatar
    Paul X

    Women can pay for a pampering body massage on a holiday cruise ship, this is them paying for someone else to give them a pleasurable experience..so men want to pay someone for a different pleasurable experience, what is the difference?

    Everything that is bad and seedy about prostitution is because it is illegal and driven underground. Have legal, licensed brothels which are regulated and monitored and 99% of the dark side of the trade will disappear

    As far as the Nordic Model where “selling sex is legalised but purchasing it is criminalised” is a complete legal farce. What else in the world can two people do where they are both engaged in the same act but one is doing it legally and the other illegally?

  14. avatar
    ironworker

    Ether way, there will always be pimps and hoes.

    • avatar
      Lucia Garcia

      YOUR RIGHT !!!

  15. avatar
    Leo Vlaming

    This is up to member states and not a matter for EU policy. In my opinion, prostitution itself should not be illegal. Forcing people into prostitution or exploiting prostitutes should be.

  16. avatar
    Ion Virtaci

    I’m for legalization. There are fiscal benefits, but mainly it’s better for the individuals involved in these activities. Their rights matter. And leaving this activity in the dark isn’t helping anyone except mafia types. I know some will invoke morals. But we all know you can try to stop supply, but that won’t stop the demand. So, either we carry on helping some truly vile people, or we choose progress and human rights.

  17. avatar
    Toni Muñiz

    Legalized and heavily controlled, yes. This way women(and men) have their rights, and human trafficking is stopped. It will provide a safer means for those who choose to practice it, contribute to their future pension, more tax revenue and mafias are out of business.

  18. avatar
    Vinko Rajic

    That question sounds terrible . Prostitution legalized ! Prostitution should be illegal , to pay for sex and to sell sex should be illegal . Prostitution should be destroyed in EU . Prostitution is a nightmare for human kind , prostitution is based on terror and crime . Terror on girls working there and money laundering and drug trafficking by their bosses . Prostitution is destroying young people and than is story about tenths of thousands . The EU says 30,146 people were registered as victims of human trafficking across the 28-nation EU in the three years to 2013.
    The European Commission report says 80% of the victims were women and 69% of all those trafficked were victims of sexual exploitation.
    More than 1,000 child victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29660126

    • avatar
      Paul X

      It doesn’t matter if prostitution is legal or illegal, people trafficking will always be illegal and unfortunately, will probably always go on.

      Basically your argument is totally flawed, the difference with making prostitution open, legal and regulated is that “trafficked” people could not be employed and there will therefore be less opportunity and incentive for those involved in the exploitation of these people

    • avatar
      Mark van der Beer

      You can’t destroy prostitution. Don’t be so naive to think that you can destroy a profession that has been around for as long as mankind exists.

      Beyond that you seem to be confusing prostitution with human trafficking. Human trafficking is based on terror and crime, not prostitution itself.

      You talk a lot about victims. But you don’t seem to care much about those victims. After all, you can only help them if you can find them. If it’s illegal, it will just move underground, thus making it more difficult to help victims. So if you would really care so much about those victims, you’d rather want to keep them in your sight so you can offer them help, rather than shoving them under the carpet so you don’t have to look at it.

      And FYI, if the EU states that 30.164 people were registered as victims of human trafficking, and 69% of those were victims of sexual exploitation, that means that 20,800 are victims of sexual exploitation.
      If you consider the fact that Holland alone already has that many sex workers, and it’s one of the smallest countries in Europe, you realize how small that group is compared to those who are not victims.

      Beyond that, each country has a different definition of human trafficking. In some European countries sex workers are by default counted as victims of trafficking, because they don’t believe sex work can be done without coercion and exploitation. And since different countries use different definition of human trafficking, those statistics you mention are useless.

      My girlfriend is a prostitute in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. She is Romanian, and she knows many of the girls that work here. I can tell you, human trafficking is really not as big as the media and some politicians often try and make it look like.
      Research among sex workers in Amsterdam show that only between 8-10% of the sex workers are victims, much less than in most other countries where prostitution is illegal. So try and beat that!

  19. avatar
    Asyah Azize

    Yeah that and make sure you have their tubes tied and give them vasectomies problem solved

  20. avatar
    Nikolas Kalaitzidis

    Gosh!! Another fortress to fall… in anti tax-evading campaign… (after politicians and politics -the second oldest profession-)

  21. avatar
    Sam Margrave

    Let’s make the poor a commodity… No. There should be limits. Prostitution and selling organs should just be banned.

  22. avatar
    Меси Длир

    the right question is how to deal with prostitution and how to remove this from a society i wounder why you guys raise the question weather it should be legalized or not ?

  23. avatar
    José Encarnação

    It’s the only way to provide conditions and rights to sex workers, and to face the outrageous and growing problem of human trafficking and exploration. But as in many Corruption and Illicit business that involve EU high officials aas low rank I’m sure and Wealthy people, the best thing is to leave it is.

  24. avatar
    Sarah EsEs

    Yes! It always existed why keep it illgal?! It z a job. Men can do too! It will be safer cleaner correct conditions.. horrible it MUST be LEGAL!

  25. avatar
    Maikl Thompson

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  26. avatar
    Maikl Thompson

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  27. avatar
    catherine benning

    Lets see! What has happened in Holland? Has legalised prostitution improved the society in any way? Or, we could look at Las Vegas. They have cat houses that are legal. Start looking at those who have taken the steps to legalise it and learn from their experience.

    Regardless of these outcomes, what should happen is the heavy hand of extreme senteneces should be enforced on those dealing with underage boys and girls. Rent boys and prostitutes in my country are now as young as 11, most of whom live in the care of the state. Hence the horrendous situation we have with Pakistani and other Asian men using our children to make money by kidnapping and selling them on to their friends for underage sex. The bottom of which they have not got to yet. Additionally, these men and their families must be deported back to their country of origin as quite clearly they cannot understand or live by the rules of a Western society. The idea this is acceptable runs right though their close family members. It will also resolve the humanity issue of their ‘right to family life.’ They won’t need to be here in Europe or the UK if their extended relations go back home with them. Remove all rights to a European or British passport. You want to stop the rot, then have the guts to do what is necessary.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10109139/Police-and-social-workers-must-recognise-issue-of-sexual-grooming-by-Pakistani-men-MPs.html

    Can anyone please explain to me why these people should have the right to remain in our contries, at tax payers expense, when all we wanted was good workers? Or, so they told us.

  28. avatar
    Jean-michel Tisserand

    LE FRANC MONDIAL c’est fait pour tuer les marges abusives des transactions de manire global et la prostitution qui dcoule des aberrations de l conomie a principes transactionel

  29. avatar
    EU reform- proactive

    The EU is once more ‘incrementally’ (but deliberately) conquering Members territory- playing EU bedroom politics!

    Since there is no positive result or present solution that any law on earth & its enforcement reduced or eliminated this “industry” anywhere- be they the most liberal or restrictive ones- begs for a change of approach.

    Why does homo sapiens man not admit liability that since Adam or Abraham most are burdened by the sinister forces of the genetically transmitted hormonal urge of (unethical) propagation- developed out of control & profane. Recognized as the oldest vice or trade- it should accordingly be officially recognized as such and elevated to a trade and registered as a taxable business with special requirements. With the aim to remove it from streets, public, bushes, pimps and traffickers and safeguard & tax all willing traders.

    Surely, gifted entrepreneurs like Sir Richard would be very capable to create a clean addition to his Virgin Active gyms- a Virgin sex gym! Married man-in contrast to bachelors- could be saddled with a double bill and a tax invoice copy sent to their wife’s attention. This might solve the weakness of some infidel married man folks and teach them some faithful and moral manners!

    http://www.theprisma.co.uk/2014/04/27/europe-divided-over-the-legalisation-of-prostitution/

  30. avatar
    Vincent Kleijn

    ONLY if the women/men who are doing it are regularly being asked if they do it fully voluntarily. It will be high maintenance but the sex-workers deserve this. The ones who are not voluntarily doing it should be protected and the people who are forcing them should get much higher punishments for it. Sex-workers should also have all the same benefits as all other employees and maybe it would be necessary to employ them in regional bonds that take care of them. Only then prostitution could be legalised

  31. avatar
    eusebio manuel vestias pecurto

    and many European places man is more discriminated agains that women by any lack of solidarity policies there is no law that local policies public abuse their governace with the vulnerable people are men or women we are entitled to constitutional rights of their state national and European law Europe has a moral to by the end of social terrorism that exist in some parts of Europe went back to the women´s debate I support the legalization of prostitution in Europe is necessary to improve the security system within the large European urban centers to legalize prostitution better society

  32. avatar
    ancylostomiasis

    This should be strictly a matter of the nation-state. For there are still prevalent human trafficking, sexual exploitation of women in poorer regions of Europe. Consider the overall unequality of economy and human right condition among EU nations, a wholesale program usually make things worse.

  33. avatar
    Yvetta

    No, it shouldn’t, as it would send the message that it is all right and moral. Why are you using a picture of a pair of feet in high heels for this debate, by the way? You are aware that not everyone wearing high heels is a prostitute?

    • avatar
      Paul X

      But who has the authority to decide that it is immoral?

      Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and I assume the “immoral” claim is based on some religious grounds?

      …….and we’ve already had the discussion on here about whether people should keep their beliefs to themselves…

    • avatar
      Yvetta

      No, it is not about religious beliefs, Paul, it is about a general social consensus and ethics. It is using women as sexual objects and a lot of them are slaves or are being trafficked. That should not be encouraged. More than half the population are female, so, if you went with the majority still it would not be legalised, I don’t think.

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Yvetta
      I agree that sexual slavery and trafficking are disgusting crimes but my opinion is (and many others on here seem to agree), if you bring prostitution out into the open and regulate it this will reduce these crimes not encourage more

      Also looking at the responses on here it’s probably 50/50 for and against so it cannot be claimed that there is a majority morally objecting to prostitution

      Without wanting to sexually stereotype things I think we have to accept that most women object to prostitution and most men agree with it. However much feminists want to emasculate men you can never change their attitude to sex, it is “in the Jeans (sic)” so to speak and as prostitution has been around since the dawn of time it is not going to disappear in the foreseeable future, the best option is to get it out of the back alleys and into the open where it can at least be regulated

    • avatar
      Yvetta

      I used to think like you, Paul, until I watched a programme about a beautiful girl from the Netherlands that had been forced into prostitution by her own boyfriend in Amsterdam, where it is legal. She had also turned to drugs to cope with the situation…I don’t think things are as they seem and I also don’t think it is about sex. People can get someone for free at their local nightclub. It is more about the exploitation of women to me. And, this debate shouldn’t be taken as an indication of the entire population’s beliefs. Legalised or not, prostitution will always remain out of the mainstream and part of the underworld connected to illegal activity.

  34. avatar
    ViaBsb - Revista de Opinião

    So, it is a legal matter: “But for both groups it’s absolutely important that they have a legal status. Because when you have a legal status you can stand up for your rights, you are safer, and you can actually go to the police when you have a problem, instead of running away from them because you are doing something illegal.”

    When it comes to rights, the State (government) exists to SECURE the people’s rigths, not to create them: “when you have a legal status you can stand up for your rights”, and the security is that feeling that your are a person on your rights and the government respects you.

    When you “go to the police when you have a problem, instead of running away from them because you are doing something illegal” means the government assures your safety with the police.

    Prostitution is more a biological force than an economic asset or activity.

    All demanded rights here are for citizens, independently of its economic activity.

    Health is for people, not for professions.

  35. avatar
    Tina Natuzori

    YES – for taxation purposes YES also to prostitutes getting regular health checks, for obvious social reasons.

  36. avatar
    Alexandra van Dijk

    Prostitution should not only be legalised in Europe, but should be well organised in terms of social security and access to everything that is needed tot be able to work in a healthy and independent way.

  37. avatar
    Oli Lau

    If the person does it voluntary and her/his rights are respected…Why should the state intervene?

  38. avatar
    Breogán Costa

    no, it’s better if it keeps illegal, so, crappy guys could exploit girls, keep them as slaves, don’t pay taxes (so, they can avoid paying A LOT of money -prostitution, sadly, moves billions of ?), and don’t gave them access to health system…
    Also, that guys could invest their illegal money in weapons and drugs business (so, your sons maybe are not paying prostitutes, but they could enjoy illegal weapons and drugs). They make EU better, more funny (yes, you can die, but the risk makes life interesting).
    PS: just being sarcastic, of course I think it should be legal: no slavery, no human trafficking, girls could be legal and pay taxes, contribute to the health systems and have access to them.

  39. avatar
    Gio Dimitriadis

    When EU will be done with human trafficking, THEN legalization of prostitution will be a fair debatable issue.

  40. avatar
    Costi Ciudin

    yes, as it would drastically reduce the STDs incidence and will give the girls control over the situation; I mean, we all know that, legally or not, it is there, if it is legalized/decriminalized, it will occur in an controled environment, at least

  41. avatar
    Patrice Puchaux

    I’m against. Prostitution is illegal and must stay illegal. I have heard people working in pornography cannot do another job when they retire so immagine prostitutes. how can she find a honest job when it is written “prostitute” in her cv?
    After that we have to keep in mind that humans are not a merchandise to be sell (and it is not in legitimate crappy guys who sell women that we will be able to fight them). The right of women and men and also their dignity must be preserved or our respective constitutions are nonsense.

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Maybe they should put “Relief Technician” on their CV instead of prostitute?

  42. avatar
    Ellen Heidbüchel

    The question is stupid and outdated: The catastrophic situation 10 years after the legalisation of prostitution in Germany (2002): massive influx of trafficked slaves from poor countries, violence, murder, drugs. “Flatrate-brothels” where women are locked up to serve up to 20 Johns a day, police trade unions and hospitals write petitions that they can’t handle the situation any more. “Clients” want sex with minors and without condoms – and get it, because the intimidated women don’t dare going to the police: their jailers just take away the passports. Now a lukewarm new law shall help – but again the police is not allowed to make razzias unannounced. As long as the BUYING of prostitution is not criminalized, nothing will change. In our society any lowlife can get sex with CONSENTING women in sleazy bars, there is absolutely no need for prostitution. If you don’t believe me, google the charities Terre des Femmes, Solwodi or Femen Germany.

  43. avatar
    David Müldner

    absolutely, in order to prevent human trafficking and all the criminality which comes from that (drugs, weapons et cetera)

  44. avatar
    Máté Foki

    It is not the government’s job. We have to decide. If the prostitutes’ rights are respected,I ask why not? If somebody looks good why couldn’t she/he use her/his body? When we use our brains,we use a part of our body. Prostitue’s use another part of…

    Oh and another reason:
    When somebody pays for sex it is illegal.
    When somebody pays for sex and let it to be recorded,it is legal…

    I wanna live in an open-minded country,in an open-minded Europe.

  45. avatar
    Giovanni Rossi

    Definetely. People, we are in the XXI Century, and it’s really sad that girls and boys, don’t count them off this debate, have to go through this alone and unsafely.
    Yes, it’s true that some of them do this voluntary, but the reality shows that the majority is undergoing human trafficking.
    If we have a little european civic sense, we must raise the awareness about this topic.

  46. avatar
    Célia Grimaneza

    I do believe it should. It would stop the exploitation of women in another level, and maybe this way diseases might be prevented because everyone would have to be checked out.

  47. avatar
    Vinko Rajic

    That question sounds terrible . Prostitution legalized ! Prostitution should be illegal , to pay for sex and to sell sex should be illegal . Prostitution should be destroyed in EU . Prostitution is a nightmare for human kind , prostitution is based on terror and crime . Terror on girls working there and money laundering and drug trafficking by their bosses . Prostitution is destroying young people and than is story about tenths of thousands . The EU says 30,146 people were registered as victims of human trafficking across the 28-nation EU in the three years to 2013.
    The European Commission report says 80% of the victims were women and 69% of all those trafficked were victims of sexual exploitation.
    More than 1,000 child victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29660126

    • avatar
      Keith Anthony

      Agreed. Those statistics are brutal.

    • avatar
      Yvetta

      So, what’s the price, Eberhard?

  48. avatar
    Martti Immonen

    Thus this industry is not at all what I like to even discuss about, but there is no other way than to legalize it. This industry wont disappear anywhere.

  49. avatar
    Anil Chaudhary Kumar

    It should never become legalised. We made this mistake in The Netherlands and now experience how wrong that has went. We need to counter trafficking first, but not close our eyes for prostitution at the same time. We have tolerated it for much too long. Not only does it attract criminality, it also shows how denegrating we can be towards women. In no way this helps in women empowerment or emancipation. It as an evil which needs to be outcasted asap.

    • avatar
      Paul X

      Maybe you should help this debate by explaining how things have gone wrong in the Netherlands?

      Is it just trafficking? Has criminality and trafficking got worse since prostitution became legal or is it just more visible and better detected now ?

      Maybe if you have some statistics it would help?

  50. avatar
    Keith Anthony

    No it should not legalised. We need to send out a clear message that it is not ok to buy human bodies for sexual gratification. By legalising it we are legitimating it. A simple question to ask yourself – would you be happy if your son or daughter or brother or sister was prostituting themself everyday of the week? I think most people ansewring honestly would have a major concern about that – to say the least.

  51. avatar
    Keith Anthony Ó Néill

    Answer this question – would you be happy with your son or daughter, or brother or sister prostituting themselves everyday of the week, with countless men using their bodies for sexual gratification? I think not.

  52. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    .

    Odd that you run a pro legalise prostitution & exploration post around international woman’s day.

    But judging by most of the posts on here paying for it seems preferable to a ‘relationship’ amongst most of your contributors.

  53. avatar
    Mich Gio

    Yes. Prostitution is a job like any other.

  54. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    .

    Europeans would treat woman as a ? on a balance sheet like cattle ?

    I thank god I’m not ‘European’.

  55. avatar
    Liudvikas Launikonis

    I thought on the phone or not root at all right now and then I can do it for a few seconds to the other parts of the city San Francisco Bay window to front and rear gardens and a half years ago and I will be in the UK and Ireland destinations only a few days ago by the way to get the best way to get the best way to get the best way to get the best way to get the best way to get the best way to get the best way to go on the phone or not root at all right now but it would be nice if you are looking for a few seconds to the other parts of the city

  56. avatar
    Michal Majtan

    Yes. Reasons? Oldest profesion, better control – helps to avoid white meat market, health – register of customers through personal ID, taxes

  57. avatar
    Giuseppe Pio Cascavilla

    I don’t know…I think a deep study of the phenomenon should be taken into consideration on several aspects before taking a decision.

  58. avatar
    Spiros Bratsikas

    Prostitution should de leglised, and prostitutes should be activated under the provisions of law. Above all they should enjoy a respectfull behavior from the whole society. But we must focus our efforts on fighting human trafficking for sexual exploitation, so called modern day slavery.

  59. avatar
    Breogan Costa

    No, it’s better if it keeps illegal, so, crappy guys could exploit girls, keep them as slaves, don’t pay taxes (so, they can avoid paying A LOT of money -prostitution, sadly, moves billions of €), and don’t gave them access to health system…
    Also, that guys could invest their illegal money in weapons and drugs business (so, your sons maybe are not paying prostitutes, but they could enjoy illegal weapons and drugs). They make EU better, more funny (yes, you can die, but the risk makes life interesting).
    PS: just being sarcastic, of course I think it should be legal: no slavery, no human trafficking, girls could be legal and pay taxes, contribute to the health systems and have access to them.

    [Edit -add] For those who compare it with child labour: you cannot ensure that prostitution is not going to happen, but, luckily, of course you can (and have to) ensure that a child is not going to be working during the day, because of children MUST (legally) be in the school at school-time, so (if they are registered), you can know if they are at school or not), but with an adult, you have no way to control it, you cannot control where they are, if they are or not working, etc…
    Also, probably there is not a child labour problem in EU, and we cannot make laws another areas of the world, maybe, as a consumers, the only thing we could do is just to stop buying the (i.e.) clothes you know come from countries who allow child labour.

  60. avatar
    Alf von Eller

    Yes, because prostitution is a legal way to earn money and there is a need for it.
    Alf v.Eller Hortobagy
    independent
    political
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  61. avatar
    Katia Lavin

    It’s the oldest profession on earth… legalised, regulated, limited to those who have and are paid social security for healthcare and education… that’s how women can achieve a major development

  62. avatar
    John Tsesme

    Yes and drugs also because it will be no black money and the prices will drop and there will be no criminals

  63. avatar
    Lisa O Reilly

    No, it undervalues sex. Sex is meant to between 2 people with mutual respect. Where’s the respect in prostitution? Men need to respect women and their bodies. How can a man respect sex if it can just go and pay for it? By paying for it, he thinks she owes him. Sex isn’t meant to be like that. Prostitution is completely degrading for women. The vi bents about saying prostitution is ok or else women will get raped is ridiculous. Women should not get raped by men. Men need to cop themselves on and control themselves. How would you feel if that was your sister or mother?

    • avatar
      Paul X

      “Men need to cop themselves on and control themselves” Spoken like a true feminist who has no idea about male sexuality

      Women need to “cop themselves on” and understand that men can enjoy sex without emotional attachment

  64. avatar
    Nando Aidos

    DECRIMINALIZE prostitution and CRIMINALIZE the “prostitution exploiters”.
    The picture shows a facet of prostitution which is an abomination!
    Would anyone like to see their sister or their cousin in a picture window?
    Very degrading.

  65. avatar
    Engy Al Refaei

    Thats a very very very disrespectful thing for a woman to do… feminists, where are you now…

  66. avatar
    Karel Klumpers

    Of course it should be legalized. In fact most women already act like prostitutes when they only want a man for husband who makes good money so they can spend it.

  67. avatar
    ironworker

    You guys want to ruin Albanian economy legalizing prostitution ?

  68. avatar
    Todor Dzhambazov

    Yes of course! This means the State will receive money from a flourishing illegal business. On other hand some people need these kind of sevices. They are not criminals.

  69. avatar
    Todor Dzhambazov

    Yes of course! This means the State will receive money from a flourishing illegal business. On other hand some people need these kind of sevices. They are not criminals.

  70. avatar
    Evans Fu

    Just because someone might not agree with it, they have no right to stop any woman or man from doing it.
    Lot’s of people have a problem with sex shops, I’m sure they wouldn’t want their kids working there, but that’s no reason to make it illegal.
    Give people a choice, a real choice and give them health benefits, a steady pay and security.

    This is a non-issue for gods sake

  71. avatar
    Evans Fu

    Just because someone might not agree with it, they have no right to stop any woman or man from doing it.
    Lot’s of people have a problem with sex shops, I’m sure they wouldn’t want their kids working there, but that’s no reason to make it illegal.
    Give people a choice, a real choice and give them health benefits, a steady pay and security.

    This is a non-issue for gods sake

  72. avatar
    Doru Adonis Izuel

    Yes ! Those women deserve all the legal rights that any worker has. So i am all for legalising it. Also it will end the exploitation by pimps and so on !

  73. avatar
    Maikl Thompson

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  74. avatar
    Luzuko Zuko

    Hpe ths dnt become a human trafficking strategy and as it will require goods and service i hpe ur children wont become whores to at the same time so wth me i dnt knw wht to say really i feel its the end of a new beggining.

  75. avatar
    Alessandro Taglioni

    La prostituzione il cosiddetto mestiere pi antico del mondo, ma anche ci su cui si fonda il mercenariato di tutti gli altri mestieri, anche per questa ragione la prostituzione non sar mai abolita.

  76. avatar
    Tony Kunnari

    Of course it should be legalized. Responsible and keen entrepreneurs should never be restricted, but guided through their journey. Just keep it at the level of an entrepreneur and everything will be fine.

    Whenever an individual is free to sell their bodily performances themself and get the whole payment for themself (minus taxes of course), the whole thing is greenlit from my end. This includes physical contact and visual-only performances, no matter how you combine them.

    If a company wants to regulate this function, I lit furious maximus red because this entails just more problems than there already are.

  77. avatar
    Dani Martí Waris

    If you want to legalize prostitution, then women, don’t complain about harrasment or wonder why men see you as objects instead of persons.

  78. avatar
    Jovan Ivosevic

    The question isn’t should we or should we not have prostitution because we have always had it. The question is should it be a legal business like every other where we can test the sex workers for diseases, insure both prompt payment to them and regular testing for the customers, mandate condom use, collect taxes etc… or should we let it go on underground, controlled by a criminal element, and cause various instances of forced prostitution? I vote for the legal way as the lesser of the two evils. We have various things like smoking and drinking legalized which we don’t wish our kids or family members will do because to make them illegal has greater social ills. This is no different.

  79. avatar
    David O'Regan

    It is legal, Europeans are getting shafted by the banks and only they are taking interest.

  80. avatar
    Florin Holban

    There is a whole system needed from taxes to protection of the interested parties. Both physical and intellectual( e.g. privacy, exploitation, dignity). Nevertheless THIS SHOULD BE A LEGIT OCUPATION!

  81. avatar
    javier vega

    The real question is should the EU rule all social issues across Europe? The core idea of being part of the EU is that each country /EU Member State (EU MS) can strengthen its potentialities in order to offer a better life for its own citizens. It makes no sense trying to create European rules and laws for everything, and especially regarding social issue, which are deeply ingrained in local/national as well as private belief. Obviously any trafficking such as trafficking in Human Beings or slavery should be addressed at the EU level, but the question about the prostitution goes beyond these issues. What is at stake ? The freedom of each society to agree on what should be and what should not be morally accepted ane even regularised. If in The Netherlands prostitution is legal, why Cyrpus, Portugal nor Germany would say anything about it?
    And even more, the so-called Nordic model is not valid according to me. Prostitution is above all a business, so it responds to the same pattern as any legal business which is the supply/demand relationship. By punishing demand you cannot avoid the problem. The best example is the consumption of illicit drugs. In most of the EU countries the purchasing of drugs is illegal, but does it really work! The answer is quite clear for all of us. The so-called Nordic(Swedish) model is just inviting potential Swedish purchaser to go to a neighbouring country like Denmark to buy these services. Europe cannot rule morality, that’s why each nation still has its own sovereignty, we may reach a common agreement in order to fine-tune a sound managment of prostitution services, but if some EU MS wants to legalize prostitution and other doesn’t, why the EU should impose any of these 2 options. The EU must strengthen our countries ad extra, and regularise and harmonize legislation to foster economic growth and prosperity ad intra level. We do not need an administrative clearance to determine if prostitution is moral or not, but we need administrative support to fight against any trafficking or abuse, but these are 2 separate questions. Maybe we should redefine the scope of the debate: should the EU fight against forced prostitution? In that case the answer would be naturally yes, but if the question is should the EU define what is morally acceptable, I must say No thanks!

  82. avatar
    crayven

    Morally i don’t agree with what they are doing, but i’m 32 so already “old” and “outdated”.
    The new generation seems more open minded about sex so i say why not.
    All studies show prostitution *WILL* happen anyway, at least let’s make it legal and give these people legal protection and worker rights.

    I still won’t go near one but at least those that do will no longer feel guilty of taking advantage of women who are trafficked by dubious mobsters.

    Sweden’s “solution” of criminalizing MEN only , is dumb and DEFINITELY not the right way to go. I seriously wonder what is wrong with that country…

    We hebben allemaal veel van Nederland leren.

  83. avatar
    Stanko Majcen

    No. Love can not be saled, it should be a secret thing. The bond between people they like each others.

  84. avatar
    Maia Alexandrova

    There needs to be a distinction between the two types of prostitution – voluntary and forced. Sex is not a crime, but rape is. Forced prostitution is like a repeated rape, benefiting a criminal who gets the money from the girls he exploits as slaves. This should be banned because it is a crime. Both pimps and clients should be persecuted by law for taking part in it.

    Voluntary prostitution is different – it is a matter of choice for the woman, therefore is not a crime. It should be legalised and regulated, sex workers should have rights like other workers and also pay their taxes. There is no need for moral stigmas on this issue. Everyone chooses their profession, some choose prostitution. This should be respected but slave exploitation must remain illegal and punishable by law.

  85. avatar
    Arrakis

    This is a very complex issue. I think it should definitely be regulated but I think it would be better if countries would coordinate to do so to prevent problems of trafficking and relocation (call effect?).

  86. avatar
    Silke

    No, because it has a very negative effect on other women, who are not working in the sex industry. Every woman is aware of this. And there is even research backing this, as is mentioned in the book “Living Dolls: the return of sexism”. That research showed that violence against women in the communities went up, where sex industry related institutions were established. I want to add that I have been travelling around on my own, and even though a reasonably good looking woman, I was never harrassed. I used to think that this was due to me being tall. But since “50 Shades of Grey” was released, I had been harrassed by two men, independently on two different days, dressed in business suits in the parking lot of the local supermarket of my hometown.

  87. avatar
    Beata Dch

    Yes
    It,s very important for people who work in ( men, women & children)= grey zone

  88. avatar
    Thomas Beavitt

    No, it’s immoral. If men and women wish to exchange money for sexual favours, it’s up to them. But it should be private. No advertising, no soliciting.

  89. avatar
    Romeu Monteiro

    Of course. People are free to use their bodies as they wish, including for sex, either paid or not. Individuals and their bodies are not public property that the government can boss around.

  90. avatar
    Beata Dch

    Yes, exactly – children
    There are some places in the world ,children work in this job:(
    Did you not hear?!

  91. avatar
    Miguel Vieira

    In Africa? Middle East? China? South America?

    EU budget need extra income?

    Most prostitutes do not prostitute themselves by choice, but by necessity, lack of opportunities, they deserve a society where they have opportunities, real help, not perpetuate the problem..

  92. avatar
    Tony Mackenzie

    Yes, who is anyone to tell anyone what they can or can’t do with their own body? Legal or illegal, it’s still gonna be there.

  93. avatar
    Aleksandros Ho Megas

    Of course; it should have never been illegal anyways. It is all about our basic right of self-ownership; what we do with our bodies as long it does not harm others (and someone disliking is not enough to call it a harm) is our own business.
    Forced prostitution is entirely another story; it is a violence and as such it breaks our freedoms; therefore it cannot be legal.

  94. avatar
    Boyan Maximov

    yes , that’s the best decision against criminals . With strong Bruxell regulation , control and emergency phone. Stop the pipmps !!! Only the comunists in EU are against that regulation.

  95. avatar
    Ermal Senior Luka

    No definitely no,that cause to much troubles with people using girls drug them and send them as prostitute,if it dose legalise then gov can’t do no shit for these girls.

  96. avatar
    Patricia Smith

    If greater safety protection and health protection – yes. However many may not wish for change as they would then be subject to tax etc so who is it being doing for?

  97. avatar
    Gatis Gailitis

    Porn industry is making billions upon billions of pounds while it’s considered relatively normal and isn’t condemned by most people in the ‘western civilisation’, while at the same time, someone who chooses to do the same thing to their body minus the camera is driven underground where they’re exposed to drugs, violence etc. Legalisation, like they’ve done in Netherlands, is a great example of how to put the underground prostitution out of business.

  98. avatar
    Боян Максимов

    yes , that’s the best decision against criminals . With strong Bruxell regulation , control and emergency phone. Stop the pipmps !!! Only the comunists in EU are against that regulation.

  99. avatar
    Liliana Ramsing

    No way!! Prostitution and begging are NO JOBS!! We should not incourage depravity…we have plenty of it anyway. But no more encouragement for it!!!!!

  100. avatar
    Al Beirão

    It is already legalized. More than that, it produces laws – the European Parliement!

  101. avatar
    Andrian Marinov

    If prostitution doesn’t get legalized then most of those people that cant get girlfriends or wifes will just become homosexuals.. There are also females that are unable to work anything else or want to work this, if it doesn’t get legalized, they will just hide from the police and show themselves again when its gone .. :D

  102. avatar
    Narahari Kamath

    Prostitution is a necessary evil of the society. Banning it outright will only drive it underground. Places where prostitution are legal, many of them have registered practices, with health checkup benefits. I hope societies would be broadminded on this someday

  103. avatar
    Karel Van Isacker

    Yes, including full healthcare support and control. However, all illegal prostitutes (those from outside EU without legal permits) should be brought back to their countries of origin.

  104. avatar
    Sebastien Chopin

    I think this question is wrongly set….it should say should female sexual prostitution when abused by a third party be legalised… otherwise… I know groups of women who have asked me where they can get quick stressless fun in Brussels with men…and other than that you have the common prostitutes that are all over the parliament (some people like to call them politicians)

  105. avatar
    Frederico Ferreira

    No, it should be liberalized like in Portugal
    Gives rights (also human rights) to these workers but also fiscal duties so they pay taxes on revenue.

    But it’s not considered legal
    It just a gives dignity to the oldest profession in the world and security to this dangerous kind of job,
    Liberalizing would stop the human trafficking and lower crime rates
    But no to total legalization.

  106. avatar
    Dennis Rakar

    Yes. Controlled environments would lower the advancing pace of STDs and revenues will be gathered as results.

  107. avatar
    Buj Alex

    yes!! legalized and taxed to the maxxx !!! it can be another luxury service … that only the best can access … !!! it can be a liberal profession … and it should be legislated through a european directive !!! health and moral code, and minumal education standards of highschool !!! this way you can reduce it, or improove it to the maximum !!! in a way that we can tolerate it in a normal society !!!

  108. avatar
    Marijus Stasiulis

    It existed for thousands of years.
    If it’s banned, it does not mean that prostitution does not exist, it goes underground which is even worse.
    This should be legal as any other business, your body belongs to you, not government.
    Religion is main reason why prostitution is illegal.

  109. avatar
    Eberhard M. Bartelmess

    It didn’t think it was illegal. Maybe immoral or disgraceful, whatever, but as long as nobody is coerced into it, they are free to sell their bodies if they so wish.
    Proposition and encouragement of prostitution are however illegal indeed. Correct me if I’m wrong. PS I’m not condoning of it – I merely make the point that I don’t think that it is illegal. If it was, why do the police then allow ‘massage parlours’ and similar?

  110. avatar
    Reynaerd

    It is a saying also that prostitution is not the oldest profession as well the oldest oppression. The situation both in the Netherlands as in Germany showed that
    the liberalization of prostitution has failed. It helped the traffickers and increased the level of criminality and of course human trafficking. Recently a whole prostitution zone in Utrecht has been closed down because of this. Also a documentary about the Dutch red light district on the Dutch television showed that it is very naive to think that many women have a free choice. Police officers talk about 70% forced prostitution. That means thousands of rapes each night.

    Also there are cases that the working license of a prostitute was already arranged by traffickers…..

    Prostitutes are victims. Therefore indeed the client should be held responsible.

  111. avatar
    Vinko Rajic

    Prostitution legalized ! Prostitution should be illegal , to pay for sex and to sell sex should be illegal . Prostitution should be destroyed in EU . Prostitution is a nightmare for human kind , prostitution is based on terror and crime . Terror on girls working there and money laundering and drug trafficking by their bosses . Prostitution is destroying young people and than is story about tenths of thousands . The EU says 30,146 people were registered as victims of human trafficking across the 28-nation EU in the three years to 2013.
    The European Commission report says 80% of the victims were women and 69% of all those trafficked were victims of sexual exploitation.
    More than 1,000 child victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29660126

  112. avatar
    Spiry Eros

    Well it should be legalized in that way it will stop meat trade and will force mobs to go legal or else will be clearly arrested.

  113. avatar
    Петър

    Mafia and flesh traders SAY NO LAGALISATION!!!
    Wise man say – YES!!! We cant stop it, let it goes with rules, doctors and no violence to woman!!!!

  114. avatar
    Daniel Dimitrov

    … and while you are at it, why not legalize organ sales, assassinations, thefts, abolish defense and justice and free markets. Who knows, it might be worthwhile.

  115. avatar
    Claus Skøtt Christensen

    It would probably do a lot to decriminalize the sex workers. I’m not 100% sure why it is illegal in the first place – it seems to do more harm than good.

  116. avatar
    Marco Buseghin

    The swedish experience proves that many assumptions in the debate are wrong.

    1)Does legalizing prostitution avoid illegal prostitution? NO. When the legal market sets a price, slave trade guarantees that women will be brought that will ask for less to customers.

    2) Is prostitution unavoidable, being demand constant? NO. The swedish experience shows that a cultural battle can be waged and won, convincing men that women should not be bought like cattle.

    Fine customers, educate youngsters, help enslaved women flee their captors. That’s the way.

  117. avatar
    Tomaž Zorjan

    If it’s not going to go away by not being legalized why not legalized it and regulate it so it will be better managed.

  118. avatar
    Andrei S.

    As it is mentioned in the article, prostitution is considered “the oldest job in the world” therefore why to bother to stop something that obvious is not going to stop than giving safety for the “sex workers” making this industry a regulated industry on the way. Furthermore, we have to think besides giving safety to those people, that there will be some money that every government could collect from this sector. As it is in the case of some extra-taxed products and services (tobacco, alcohol, gambling etc), prostitution could have the same regime.

  119. avatar
    Andrei S.

    And No, I don`t think that Swedish model is an efficient strategy. Even though the statistics say it has gotten better since it was implemented we need to find a sustainable solution to protect EU`s citizens, even the “sex workers” and their clients as well;

  120. avatar
    Soteres Tsexos

    A knife with both sharp edges. Europe just looking ways to reduce ‘black money’ that’s there only concern.

  121. avatar
    Kerstin Brandelius

    Absolutely not!! No woman wants to be a prostitute, but some have no choice and many are victoms for trafficing.
    It’s a myth that men have such strong sex needs that they should have the right to buy women.

  122. avatar
    Orestis Tringides

    For me it’s not a question of “legalising vs. Keeping it illegal” , but the realisation that prostitution will always be there, despite of its legal status. So instead, the question for me would be, ” how do we all, as individuals, public and states, can contribute towards a society where a) potential “clients” will not want/need to “buy” such “services” and b) potential persons will not want nor being susceptible to enter the “trade”. ” .We may “legalise” or “prosecute” as much as we like, but at the end of the day, how do we HELP these PEOPLE? Do we care more about a “dutiful / ethical” society, or helping out people with problems?

  123. avatar
    Armand Koca

    NO………. HEALTH and EDUCATION have complex problems :( Lying, theft, prostitution, trafficking, murder :( the lack of money, the lack of drinking water, the lack of electricity, the lack of old original documents, and sale of every moral value, :( causing DESTRUCTION and DEATH of the INDIVIDUAL, SOCIETY and NATURE , and it must STOP here and now :(

  124. avatar
    Vdovicenco Dan

    Oh my God i need to say something: Why always if a man is honest and say:I need nothing more than sex with no strings attached(without spending time with datings,talking and other bullshits) he is seeen as a rapist/or a loser!This is pure crazyness 1.Before starting judge someone :men or women cant be all the same , both man and women have different needings: some want money some,need sexual freeedom,others want love and stable relationship,etc 2. Western women are blessed with freedom of any kind for example: Rights to be elected as a leader, in a democratic way (right to rule a comission, a party or to be elected as a leader of country). Right to be an owner of a thriving bussiness) and so on and then they say i feel opressed just becouse few choise to live in a different way(dating escorts as a hobby ) .If women feel opressed just becouse few men like to date escorts ,then I would like to send these persons to the middle east and learn about true opression of women! I had met many escorts ,and none of them was forced! IT It”s very easy to see the difference between forced prostitution and voluntary sex workers: a)sex workers have the right to choise enter or exit the industry when they want . b) sex workers earn 60% 70% of amount of money for services that they offer.Because they have to pay taxes! Nordic model is a cowardly model invented by nuts feminazis who like to hunt men with pants down and move responsability of cops who are paied with public founds to prevent human trafficking and blame clients for their failure(of cops ) IF do you want less persons trafficked look at New Zeeland and Australia, Sweterland,Austria ,Taiwan Singapore,etc.

  125. avatar
    Opinion from somewhere

    I would vote for prostitution to be legalized. In Europe Prostitution is legal in: Germany, Austria, Holland,Hungary, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece and Latvia.

    Semi Legal is in:Armenia, UK, France, Ireland, Bulgaria,Cyprus, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Finland and Estonia.

    Illegal is in: Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Lithuania, Russia and Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    No Data Available: Montenegro.

    If you make Prostitution legal then the business would bring income for the country like taxes, it would reduce human trafficking and this is one of the oldest jobs in the world.

  126. avatar
    Amber

    it should not be legalised. do we really want europe to be known as a place where we encouraged casual sex? Although prostitution is casual sex, sexual intercourse should be much more than that it should include love for the other person and prostitution lacks that. Yes, it enables a person to get money but there are plenty of other ways to earn money rather than putting your health at risk, do they know what each other are carrying? No, they have just met, yet they don’t try to attemp to talk about their HIV status etc. shouldn’t we be trying to reduce STDs rather than encourage them? Not only that it portrays genders in a bad light particularly women who are judged for everything they do.

  127. avatar
    Daniel Pluskota

    of course yes. Its just a work. Work conditions and rights of the employees should alleviate after it is legalised. Prostitution ok unless people arent forced to do it (the same any other job)

  128. avatar
    Dimitris Athanasopoulos

    YES!!! Of course. Men will never stop seeking for sex, paid or not (including myself). If it gets legalized, at least, all those girls will not be human trafficking victims. We will have tremendous decrease in STDs (since they will be checked by doctors frequently) and all governments will have huge profits from all those taxes. Besides the boost of tourism!!!

  129. avatar
    Pietro Moroni

    Of course not. Swedish system is much more effective. Prostitution is always exploitation, even when legalized.

  130. avatar
    Costin Halaicu

    Yes, it should. Keeping prostitution outside of legal arrangements, besides having a bad effect on the people practicing it anyway (sex trafficking cartels, forced sex labor, criminality surrounding sex workers, lack of health regulations, lack of social security, and the likes), is nothing but a reminiscent of fake and imposed morality of past centuries. Sex is a commodity, and there is a market for it. It is an entirely personal option (for clients and sex workers alike), so should not be subject to interdiction imposed by the state. As a matter of fact, it goes against principles of liberalism to forbid it.

  131. avatar
    Chris - Alexander Zervas

    ~ SEX WORKERS ARE AS ANY OTHER WORKER ON EARTH…
    ~ IF EUROPE KEEPS NOT MAKING A PAN-EUROPEAN LAW, HELPS PIMBS
    TO ENSLAVE MORE & MORE PEOPLE IN THIS INDUSTRY…

  132. avatar
    Tamás Heizler

    yes, because women’s body is nothing more than a product on the market which can be freely sold and bought…
    (sorry for being sarcastic)

  133. avatar
    Andrea Scacchi

    Only christianfaggotparty and christianbiggot people believe prostitution will desappear. Beside that statistic shows that are the good family man which in majority choose this “product”.
    Of course prostitution could not be the best career a family will hope for her daughter but.. if it happens why not legalized, and control (many people forgot this part) this job.
    Damn it! Think about porn actress. whats is the difference?

    Of course this will allows satan to enter our EuSatanfreearea.

  134. avatar
    Timmys Flies

    Yes it should be, but they should not be allowed have themselves up on shop windows like in Holland. It should be contained. Drugs should be dealt with in the same way

  135. avatar
    Geomarz Vgeorgicas

    Lucica, daca nu se face sgregare, de acord. Nu eram deacord sa fie careva nedreptatit doamne feri, din motive de sex!!!

  136. avatar
    Jaime Oliveira

    It is inevitable. Sex is a human need, and promotes health. Prostitution should be seen as a “service”, taxed and considered a profession. Also, its legalization and regulation would help stop human traffic.

  137. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    .

    Only sad perverts would say yes, but now we know Europeans see no problem with selling women for sex for the tax it would generate.

  138. avatar
    Andrew

    Definitely yes.

    I am unsure of why it is illegal now. Prostitution seems to serve an existing need and simply making it illegal doesn’t do anything to address either the need of the customer or those of the sex worker. It just drives the entire industry underground where exploited workers find it hard to get any sort of protection and unregulated working conditions mean a kind of health hazard that risks contaminating those that have no connection to prostitution. It also means futile expenses targeted at the impossible mission of eradicating prostitution (again, why?).

    Legal prostitution means oversight, means collaboration between sex workers and authorities, it means paid taxes, it means health checks, it means an open job market that will make it harder for sex traffickers to find victims to abuse. It will also means that those in the industry can appeal to authorities when facing abuse and trafficking.

  139. avatar
    Rene Birger Pedersen

    There is a market as long, there is a demand and availability. Better to keep the market open and legal, underground market is only causing problem for all parties..

  140. avatar
    Rui Duarte

    No, because there is no cross-european consensus on this matter . Each country, each «culture» should be allowed to determine what is «acceptable» and is «unacceptable» as an economic activity.

  141. avatar
    Gerlinde Rud

    This tema is heavy. Much human buissness,arms and drugs,thats the problem.yes and peaple they have work this,is really in a bad situation, why not offert other work,and sex and love for free

  142. avatar
    Chalks Corriette

    I hate this idea. Political folks prostitute everything in life in the mistaken belief they will make things better. Women, working folks, those looking for work, taxes on alcohol, cigarettes and workers. When will we take the time to work out what life’s real needs are, so folks do not end up depending on these non desired choices to eat and pay bills?

  143. avatar
    Vytautas Kašėta

    “Your body, your right to do what ever you want” – it’s not a right decission . Why womans are going to work such a dirty and dangerous work? a lot of them are sexual victims, have experience of sexual abuse and so on, so we must to ask how to help them psychologically, not legalize theirs emotional ill.

  144. avatar
    Hugo Santos

    It is funny. People are against gay marriage and gay family but they want to legalize prostitution. It is the impositation of straight men

  145. avatar
    Anestis Ioannidis

    Prostitution should be abolished entirely of societies of Europe. As in Scandinavia. Aside of problems relating to mafia deals, trafficking, health issues of men and women engaging in forced sex, no reasonable state, religion or men and women should accept the fall of human body and spirit into a tradeable commodity in exchange of mere satisfaction. Women and or men who are engaged in prostitution should be viewed as seek personalities that for some reasons have been deprived the capability to secure a healthy social or personal life of their own as all others do in healthy, modern societies. Victims of prostitution should be called upon by society into rehabilitation centres like addicts, interviwed by psycologists and sociologists and if necessary hospitalised until they are ready to face up to a new life where they can adopt and prosper as all other human beings,

    • avatar
      Limbidis Adrian

      Scandinavia?
      You mean Sweden. The femi-fascist hellhole of hypocrisy.
      Prostitution is legal UNLESS YOU’RE A MAN!
      Then…”how dare you!?”

  146. avatar
    Bipul Mohanto

    Prostitution is one of the oldest and earliest profession of mankind. Since the stone-age to present days it is existed in all society either open or hidden. So there is no shame of legalize it and give it equal respect. In fact there are several professions are existing among us which are worst than prostitution. So raise your hand.

  147. avatar
    Rick Wilmot

    Yes, it is the oldest profession in the world. Legalise, regulate, regular medical checks, take it away from the gangsters.
    (God does have a very weird sense of humour, doesn’t it?)

  148. avatar
    Anestis Ioannidis

    Raping does not have anything to do with prostitution ! Prostitution is willful act of trading human body! raping is an act of abuse that can be performed by violent behavior because of pervarsion, alkohol consumption or merely anger and wrath on behalf of criminal personalities against their victims! Should be false not to distinguish between the two. Neither raping increase implies or infers that is created from lack of finding voluntary prostitutes at the sides of the cities or elsewhere. Social gatherings, social events and other places can accomodate people who know eachother and willfully wish to engage in any form of acceptable flirting or intimacy experience. I would agree however, that parental control and guidance as well as schooling direction and societal measures should be strengthened against all volunteers of malice or bullying thats on the rise in western societies and elsewhere.

  149. avatar
    Ciprian Anghel

    Sure it should. Romania is one the main export country of prostitues and pimping should be illegal and banned.

  150. avatar
    Marijus Stasiulis

    Keeping prostitution illegal, means supporting sex slavery and human trafficking.
    In each country where prostitution is illegal, prostitution exists in underground.
    For example in my country prostitution is illegal, but i could buy Belarusian or Russian women and keep them in basement, only people in “circle” will know that. Illegal means this is expensive because it is hard to get (*but price for sex is extremely cheap), also i’m getting all of that money and she does her work (*well she has no passport and no rights, she is property and she will do everything) and also i need to bribe local cops. If she tries to report police, nothing happens, because everything is underground.
    Price to buy women, not sex was about ~800-1200 euros (*depends on age). This was about ten years ago, but now i live in different city.

  151. avatar
    Nando Aidos

    Give legal protection to prostitutes. This protects them.
    Give life in jail to sex traffickers and pimps. This punishes them.

  152. avatar
    Costi Ciudin

    Since when should the government tell people what to do with their bodies, with who to do it and for what reasons?

  153. avatar
    Vinko Rajic

    That question sounds terrible . Prostitution legalized ! Prostitution should be illegal , to pay for sex and to sell sex should be illegal . Prostitution should be destroyed in EU . Prostitution is a nightmare for human kind , prostitution is based on terror and crime . Terror on girls working there and money laundering and drug trafficking by their bosses . Prostitution is destroying young people and than is story about tenths of thousands . The EU says 30,146 people were registered as victims of human trafficking across the 28-nation EU in the three years to 2013.
    The European Commission report says 80% of the victims were women and 69% of all those trafficked were victims of sexual exploitation.
    More than 1,000 child victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29660126

  154. avatar
    Kerstin Brandelius

    Of course not!!! Anyone who think it should be legalised should themselves be prepared to take “the job” or tell thier daughters or wife to do it.
    NOBODY should be able to profite on others misery.

  155. avatar
    Kerstin Brandelius

    Of course not!!! Anyone who think it should be legalised should themselves be prepared to take “the job” or tell thier daughters or wife to do it.
    NOBODY should be able to profite on others misery.

  156. avatar
    Michalis Pillos

    Whatever you suppress (puritanisticaly) it becomes even worst! It should be “legalized” and controlled/monitored!

  157. avatar
    Buj Alex

    ligalized … but taxed 80% !!! and make them pay prostitutes better … and introduce a shame bonus … just to let them know what they’re doing …

    • avatar
      Limbidis Adrian

      Yeah how DARE a woman have sex AND live !?
      She must be stoned for her transgression !!!
      Lol

  158. avatar
    Sergio Miguel Gonçalves

    Hipocrits … the ones that defend the dont… are a bunch of hipocrits… they defend criminalization… but They go to Amsterdam to have sex with prostitutes…

  159. avatar
    Patrick

    I recognise that there are many women who choose prostitution as a career, the same way a binman chooses their career. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that, unlike in most other professions there can be a great deal of physical and psychological coercion involved; for example in the case of human trafficking. Trafficking would be made a great deal more difficult to stop if prostitution was legalised as illegal trafficking could be hidden behind a cloak of legality. Prostitutes held against their will have no opportunity to appeal to the law

  160. avatar
    Athanasios I. Smyrnis

    Of course! I don’t know why we’re debating about this issue! Prostitution has to be legalized and protected by society. And by all means prostitutes have to be treated as any other worker, employee, executive etc. These individuals serve society by preventing potential rapists and several other social illnesses. They have to be protected physically and medically. If we want to talk about civilized philosophy in United Europe!

  161. avatar
    Tuija Mustonen

    No. Waste of resources, and really harmful in many ways. Control instincts and work for better things. Educate men to control their behaviour, to be busy with other things and be wise and respectful. Educate women involved, that they can heal, respect themselves, and learn more productive work.

    • avatar
      Limbidis Adrian

      Educate men to not want sex !?

      Hahaha OK good luck lol

  162. avatar
    Oluwatobi Fatoye

    Prostitute or what?, bracket it “()” should be legitimate in equal standard with a “corporate” jobs around us.
    1> Our so call house wifes give~back what we men seem not to like atimes.
    2> Should it be a “crime” 4 we men having #alternative, i mean 2nd affair.
    3> Away from the 2nd suggestion above, i think #rape, which is an act of immorality in our society.
    4> So, let there be #prostitutes, man 2nd choice.

  163. avatar
    Ingemar Grahn

    It should be legalised and cout on to the retirement fond. Also for health care and so on.

  164. avatar
    Ingemar Grahn

    How can the statistics be right in Sweden when it’s a huge unown part.

    Second i belive that reape is increasing after it was criminalised

  165. avatar
    Ingemar Grahn

    Besides the Christians have a bad way to view sex in general. It needs to be taken off the tabu please and be mor normalised.

  166. avatar
    Igor Pop Trajkov

    I think prostitution and gambling should be band entirely or in the areas where live children and kids; because they are source of criminality and violence , they spread it around. If there is a safe way for this than I would be for it. But massive prostitution and gambilng are serious thraets for security.

  167. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    .

    So your question is “Should Europe sell women for sex” ?!

    Only sad lonely perverts would say yes.

  168. avatar
    Tuija Mustonen

    No. Sex should be a part of respectful mutual relationship. Otherwise, control yourself and behave. If you cannot, find psychological help, so a good therapist, do not make it worse.

  169. avatar
    Τάσος Σολδάτος

    No… This would make eu a porn club.. . Why work and not have sex?? +if sex is a product then its worth would be adjustable by the market, the government and the havs… SEX IS NOT A PRODUCT… though the us and eu pimps try to make this.

  170. avatar
    Oli Lau

    It is simply not their business as long as the activity is between consenting adults. as long as the prostitue (man or woman) does it willingly. They shouldn’t have the right to ban it or to “legalise it”. We give simply too much power on our lives to politicians.

  171. avatar
    Popa Victor Tudor

    Is a part of human rights to be legal to do whatever you want with your body. Seling sexual services for womens and mans it is a choise and must to be right to be healty and legal with this. The “oldest proffesion” exist anyway. For the comunity healt and human rights reasons this must be legal.

  172. avatar
    Max Berre

    After seeing it in action where it’s legal (Belgium), and where it isn’t (France), I really feel that the Belgians have got the better deal. It occurs in a specific part of town, it involves windows, and probably also involves tax revenues and health standards

  173. avatar
    Marijus Stasiulis

    Well your body, your rules.
    Of course religious people say it should not, so i think religious people should not be allowed to be or use prostitutes.

  174. avatar
    Nando Aidos

    Criminalize pimps and other hangers-on, but not prostitutes!
    Give these women a legal route to seek protection.

  175. avatar
    nando

    Criminalize pimps and other hangers-on, but not the prostitutes!
    Give these women a legal route to seek protection.

  176. avatar
    David Soutter

    It is clear that the MEP is not really interested in the actual question but is driving a separate anti make agenda. If the selling of sex is legal but the buying of sex is illegal there is a contradiction that as the woman in Amsterdam said drives the trade underground. When one side of the contract is a criminal offence and the other isn’t then the whole argent becomes absurd. The argument and the MEP are just nonsensical. Either it should be illegal or it shouldn’t. Dealing with the problem of trafficking is however a completely different argument and given the involvement of the Albanian and Serbian Mafia the EU have no chance of sorting this out they need strong national governments to deal with these people. Look at what is happening in Calais for EU action!

  177. avatar
    Shakeel Sheikh

    Not a single girl or a woman to be forced down in life to the extent where she has to make a living this way

  178. avatar
    Christoforos panagis

    It should be legalised. That way it could be regulated, the country would profit, health standards would be kept, prostitutes would be secured, forced prostitution would most likely be abandoned, and besides, every human must be free to do as he/she wants, and if it is not legalised it will still be, just without the above benefits.

  179. avatar
    Ferenc Lázár

    Yes, all over, because if is “half legalised” or prohibited as it is the case now in U.K., the modeling, escort and massage services all covering up the prostitution! This way many pimps, property rent, police individuals not in service etc. are taking their “share” from the prostitution income!

  180. avatar
    Evans Fu

    With the amount of times this question has been asked, you’re not going to get any new answers.
    Just do it already, it’s not our place to decide what is moral or not for someone. Their bodies, their rules.
    STD risk goes down, the countries can tax it like any other product creating revenue, safety is improved for the women/men involved including the families.
    There is literally no down side, unless ending illegal prostitution/pimping is a downside to europe.
    Whatever, listening to reason is not one of your strong suits, just don’t give bullshits excuses like “that will make married people cheat more!” for gods sake…

  181. avatar
    Natasha Pikoul

    Prostitution is a degrading, de-humanizing practice. Why would anyone want to legalize that ? It’s no better than legalizing slavery.

  182. avatar
    Monique Bernet

    Le nombre de prostituées abusées financièrement et sexuellement par leurs souteneurs j’en ai eu en consult !!

  183. avatar
    Aleksandros Ho Megas

    It should have never been illegal in the first place, as long as “service” is voluntary. Besides state is not owner of our bodies!
    Sex is legal, trade is legal, so what is the problem?!

  184. avatar
    Eugenia Serban

    Sure. Anything that money to the budget.
    Let s sit back and watch the consequent migration then, as the working girls will find jobs in any country.
    On contract.

  185. avatar
    Ivan Burrows

    Debating Europe

    Definition of ‘Pervert’:

    “A person whose sexual behaviour is regarded as abnormal and unacceptable”.

    So by ‘definition’ I am correct in the use of the word, the fact a few ‘people’ do not like it is irrelevant in an open ‘debate’.

  186. avatar
    Giuseppe Trotta

    there are people (women and men) who like having sex with other people and being paid for their performance… As long as they do it not being exploited by anyone… Do you really think you have the right to prevent them from doing it???

  187. avatar
    Manos Flitzanis

    If trafficking and prostitution are separated meanings, therefore prostitution is a choice, I say yes. As long as trafficking excists prostitution for many souls is not a choice, therefore no.Stop trafficking before debate for that…

  188. avatar
    James Campbell

    Law has to be based on morality otherwise it loses its authority. If prostitution is legalised, it sends out the message that it is also moral. However, if it is fundamentally immoral, the prostitution world will remain the preserve of people who exploit and abuse. For me, it is not realistic to expect a legalised system to be detached from the criminal underworld.

    Who really grows up wanting to be a prostitute, pimp or user? It’s only when something goes wrong that people turn to this scene. There will never be anything savoury about it.

  189. avatar
    Vinko Rajic

    That question sounds terrible . Prostitution legalized ! Prostitution should be illegal , to pay for sex and to sell sex should be illegal . Prostitution should be destroyed in EU . Prostitution is a nightmare for human kind , prostitution is based on terror and crime . Terror on girls working there and money laundering and drug trafficking by their bosses . Prostitution is destroying young people and than is story about tenths of thousands . The EU says 30,146 people were registered as victims of human trafficking across the 28-nation EU in the three years to 2013.
    The European Commission report says 80% of the victims were women and 69% of all those trafficked were victims of sexual exploitation.
    More than 1,000 child victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29660126

  190. avatar
    Eugenia Serban

    And we kindly ask the administrator to discourage by all measures they see fit : DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, XENOPHOBIA.

  191. avatar
    Orfeas Agrinio

    ΕΣΕΙΣ ΟΛΟΙ τώρα νομίζετε πως για όλα φταίνε οι πολιτικοι τα κομματα οι μπατσοι τα κανάλια και οι δημοσιογράφοι. Οι πιο έξυπνοι απο σας παλι σίγουρα πιστεύετε πως για ολα φταινε οι τράπεζες οι βιομήχανοι και οι εφοπλιστές. Με λιγα λογια οι τσοπάνηδες και τα ΤΣΟΠΑΝΟΣΚΥΛΑ……
    Μάλιστα….δηλαδή τα πρόβατα δε φταίνε ποτε? Και φυσικά όταν προκειται για τα ζωάκια προφανώς δε φταίνε τα κακομοιρα γιατί ο θεός τα προίκισε μονο με ένστικτα. Δε τους έδωσε μυαλό. Όταν πρόκειται όμως για ανθρώπους, που εχουν ΜΥΑΛΟ αλλα συμπεριφέροντε σαν ΠΡΌΒΑΤΑ τοτε ποίος φταίει? Επιμενετε παλι πως φταίνε οι εφοπλιστές οι βιομήχανοι οι πολιτικοί τα κομματα και τα κανάλια? Επιμενετε ακόμα οτι αυτοι φταίνε?
    Και αν πρεπει να σφαξεις κάποιον απ τους δυο ΓΙΑ ΝΑ ΣΩΣΕΙΣ ΤΟΝ ΕΑΥΤΟΝ ΣΟΥ επιμενετε πως αυτός πρεπει νάναι ο Λάτσης ο Βαρδινογιάννης ο Κοκκαλης ο Τσίπρας ο Σαμαράς και ο Πρετεντέρης?
    Είσαστε σίγουροι? Ο Κολοκοτρώνης παντως όταν αποφάσισε να ελευθερώσει την Ελλάδα οι πρωτοι που έσφαξε οι πρώτοι που απείλησε ηταν οι έλληνες που είχαν προσκυνήσει τους τουρκους και ειτε απο βλακεία ειτε απο φόβο ειτε απο συμφερον δεν ήθελαν καμία επανάσταση. Αυτούς πρώτα απείλησε και μετα ταβαλε με τους τούρκους…..Αρα ποιος είναι ο δρόμος?
    Στην ιστορία μας οι Ελληνες πολλές φορες διχαστηκαμε, αλληλοσκοτωθηκαμε, σφαξαμε ο ένας τον άλλον αλλά το ξεχασαμε και οποίος ξεχνάει το ΠΑΡΕΛΘΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΥΠΟΧΡΕΩΜΈΝΟΣ ΝΑ ΤΟ ΕΠΑΝΑΛΑΒΕΙ.

  192. avatar
    Nadia Vassili

    I think that nobody should prostitute but it is not this way and it will never be, so legalize it and protect them from more violence.

  193. avatar
    Dimitris Stamiris

    YES to a rich eu !!! (Not a part of eu)
    NO to a poor eu !!! (Not a part of eu)

    – At rich eu will be funny and only pleasure without trafficking
    – At poor eu will be bad cause the trafficking

  194. avatar
    Dimitris Stamiris

    YES to a rich eu !!! (Not a part of eu)
    NO to a poor eu !!! (Not a part of eu)

    – At rich eu will be funny and only pleasure without trafficking
    – At poor eu will be bad cause the trafficking

  195. avatar
    Vdovicenco Dan

    Oh my God i need to say something: Why always if a man is honest and say:I need nothing more than sex with no strings attached(without spending time with datings,talking and other bullshits) he is seeen as a rapist/or a loser!This is pure crazyness 1.Before starting judge someone :men or women cant be all the same , both man and women have different needings: some want money some,need sexual freeedom,others want love and stable relationship,etc 2. Western women are blessed with freedom of any kind for example: Rights to be elected as a leader, in a democratic way (right to rule a comission, a party or to be elected as a leader of country). Right to be an owner of a thriving bussiness) and so on and then they say i feel opressed just becouse few choise to live in a different way(dating escorts as a hobby ) .If women feel opressed just becouse few men like to date escorts ,then I would like to send these persons to the middle east and learn about true opression of women! I had met many escorts ,and none of them was forced! IT It”s very easy to see the difference between forced prostitution and voluntary sex workers: a)sex workers have the right to choise enter or exit the industry when they want . b) sex workers earn 60% 70% of amount of money for services that they offer.Because they have to pay taxes! Nordic model is a cowardly model invented by nuts feminazis who like to hunt men with pants down and move responsability of cops who are pay with public founds to prevent human trafficking and blame clients for their failure(of cops ) IF do you want less persons trafficked look at New Zeeland and Australia, Sweterland,Austria ,Taiwan Singapore,etc.

    • avatar
      Limbidis Adrian

      This.
      Spot on.

  196. avatar
    eusebio manuel vestias pecurto

    Yes communities right and sustainable solutions with rights to all working prostitution

  197. avatar
    Lippai Viktor

    no, it is not working like this. look at all the countries it is legal. r the girls more protected or valued? bullshit, they are more exploited with the active help of the state

  198. avatar
    All Doughty

    Protecting the workers themselves should be any Gov’ts priority.
    Yes it should be legalised Europe wide.
    And the stigma against the industry ended.

  199. avatar
    Anıl Eken

    The workers must be collected;Highly quality job;education and money must be offered to them by organizations. if they do not still accept this quality job and money; they must be collected again and they must do this sex job service to disabled;old people and the virgin guys and the virgin women that want sex .Organizations must record virgin men and virgin women;organization must offer sex service one time to them with this sex workers if virgin guys and women prefer! Everyone must have a sex experience in their life one time if they prefer.This opportunity must be offerred to all individuals. This sex service must be offerred for disabled people freely so much with this sex workers (men and women workers).Such as approaches needed for the disabled people;old people so much;and virgin people if they prefer!

  200. avatar
    Anıl Eken

    Except for these things(old people:virgn people:disabled people’s sex needs);it must be banned!

  201. avatar
    Alex Micallef

    It should be left to the individual countries. Values are not the same throughout Europe.

  202. avatar
    Anıl Eken

    For virgin single that never meet with opposite sex can be implemented but not widow!

  203. avatar
    George Titkov

    How many of the people here saying ‘yes’ would like it if their daughters became prostitutes? I thought so.

  204. avatar
    Marian Bîrlădeanu

    It should be controllable but I don’t think that anyone can affirm that by legalizing prostitution, this will reduce human traffic on black markets …

    • avatar
      Димитър

      Why not?

  205. avatar
    Victor Sorin Popaliciu

    debating Europe ,i was a journalist here in Romania and let me tell you about a crime against humanity regarding women -here the clans of interlops -organize crimes have 2 major sources of drity money -they put kids into slavery to become begars accross Europe and they rape girls and then force them to become prostitutes -slaves accrose Europe. ..this monkeys from the organized crime have this methond -they put a monkey-man with an expensive car to start to apear near high schools and they targghrt like the serial killres the girls who are poor or from the village areas or with the parents not in the country ,they have all the personal datas of the victimis given to them by the corrupt police.and then 2 -3-4-5 of this monkeys kidnap and rape the poor girl,torture her ,and then they force her to become their slave and be a prostitute…..this despicable monkeys have milions of eros from this crimes agaisnt humanity and if i as a journalist i use to write against heir activities imediatly theaths ,bullies,atacks,slanders where launched agaisnt me. So Debating Europe if you want to legalize the crimes agaisnt humanity you are on a wrong path and you shold do something to save the kids and stop this criminals who put kids and girls into slavery.

  206. avatar
    Maria Mariaa

    Victor you are right, but Europe does ‘t care about people, they just want more tax payers and they want their share from the sex practice too…

  207. avatar