8 Countries Where Prostitution Is Legal

By: Rajiv Prajapati  | | 2 mins Wed, Jun 9, 2021 1:34 PM

 A few days ago, women from the Badi community of Sudurpaschim province staged a sit-in at the Chief Minister’s office. They were demanding the right to legally engage in sex work and submitted a manifesto to the Chief Minister to that effect. 


For these marginalized women, sex work is the only viable means of income amidst struggles to maintain their livelihood. Still, it has brought up the topic into the mainstream — should prostitution be legalized in Nepal?


There are many countries that have legalized sex work in the world, to various degrees of success. So, to get some perspective on this debate, here are 8 countries where prostitution is legal.



Germany has a long history of legal prostitution that dates back to the 13th century. This country treats prostitution like any other job and “women’s houses” even recruit workers through agencies. 





The Netherlands is home to one of the most popular sex tourism destinations in the world in the city of Amsterdam. Prostitution is legal and regulated in this country, with services such as ‘afwerkplek’, a kind of drive-in sex shop.





There are no laws forbidding direct prostitution in Brazil. But it is illegal to employ sex tourists or run a brothel in this country. Fun fact, the price of paid sex is one of the most Googled questions in Brazil. 





Similar to Brazil, it is legal to engage in prostitution in Kenya but not to profit from someone else’s prostitution. However, there are many brothels in the country. The coastal region of the country is particularly well-known for sex tourism, where prostitution is in demand in resorts. 


Interestingly, it is also the go-to destination for older white men who are looking for a discreet time with a man. 





Greece also has a legal and well-regulated prostitution sector. Sex workers in Greece are allowed to work only at state-run brothels and have to fulfill certain requirements. Some of them include not having a drug addiction, and not having a mental illness. 


Sex workers also have to register at the local prefecture, where they get issued a medical card which is updated every two weeks. 





Prostitution in Spain is a topic of public debate, with many groups opposed to legal prostitution. While direct prostitution is legal in the country, exploitation of sex workers through pimping is illegal. However, some local provinces allow for licenses to operate brothels or ‘clubs’.  


This debate hasn’t stopped a number of sex tourism destinations from flourishing in the country, such as Ibiza and Madrid.





France is another country where direct prostitution is legal but other related activities have been made illegal. These include solicitation, pimping, and operating brothels. Famous red light areas like Pigalle include attractions like sex shops, cabarets, and adult theaters. 



Dominican Republic


While running brothels is illegal in the Dominican Republic too, they do exist out there because of lax enforcement. Sex workers openly seek out customers on the streets. However, child exploitation is a known problem here. 



So, these are some of the countries with legal prostitution. Do you think prostitution should be legal in Nepal? What problems could legalization cause? Follow us and share your thoughts in the comments.  

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