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16 Countries Around The World Where Prostitution Is Legal

16 Countries that have legalized prostitution around the world

For quite a long time now, the oldest job in the world has been regarded as a hateful, fallen option of employment. Despite prohibitions and their legal status, prostitution persists and will continue to occur, for causes such as poverty or unexpected circumstances. Some governments have agreed to completely prohibit the practice, while other nations have sought to regulate prostitution, offering health and social benefits to sex workers. 

Some of the countries where prostitution is legal are listed here.

1. Finland 

In Finland, prostitution is legal, but it is illegal to sell and purchase sex in public, as well as to purchase or pimp a victim who is trafficked. 

Street work is prohibited, but via the Internet and personal advertising, consumers are all available. Cyberspace has also led to an increasing number of foreign sex workers working in Finland through advertisements and massage parlors, in addition to declining street workers. 

2. New Zealand 

Since 2003, prostitution has been legal for Kiwis. There are also licensed brothels operating under public health and job regulations, which ensures that, much like all prostitutes, prostitutes earn social benefits. Definitely a slow shift.

3. Costa Rica 

In Costa Rica, prostitution is fully legal. It's a common occupation, in fact. With the practices involving prostitution, the issues are. Pimping is illegal, prostitution rings are illegal, and the problem of child prostitution and sex trafficking is also immense. 

Unfortunately, Costa Rica is a popular transit and destination point for women and children trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation. 

4. Australia 

In Oz, prostitution's legal status varies from state to state. In certain places, it is decriminalized, while in some regions it is illegal. For brothel ownership, the same goes. The Aussies love, I suppose, their fun.

5. Bangladesh

Anything else is lawful except for male prostitution. 

Bangladesh has a major problem with small-scale trafficking, perpetuated by corruption. It is also legal to pimp and operate a brothel. 

6. Belgium

By not only legalizing it but also operating proper state of the art brothels with fingerprint technology and keycards, they have been trying to eliminate the stigma, abuse, and terror associated with prostitution! 

7. Denmark

Prostitution was decriminalized in Denmark in 1999, partially because the authorities decided to keep the industry under watch. 

Apparently, if it was out in the open, they thought it would be better because it's often easier to control a legitimate trade than an illicit one. 

However, actions by third parties, such as bribery, recruitment, trafficking, and the exploitation of minors, remain illegal.

8. Germany 

In Germany, there are an estimated 400,000 prostitutes employed. Every year, prostitution brings in around six billion Euros with an approximate clientele of 1.2 million. 

Of course, a portion of these taxes is withheld by the government to contribute to social care and pensions for sex workers, health security, a normal 40-hour workweek, and the option of joining sex workers' unions. Each city has the right to ban prostitution in their area, notwithstanding national laws. 

9. Brazil 

Prostitution in itself is legal here, but if you're channeling your inner Snoop Dogg and pimping away to glory, you'll get totally busted. 

10. Canada 

Canada does not have a law against the trade of sex for money; the issue is pimping or running a brothel. Being a sex worker is legal, but buying sexual services is illegal. 

Publicly selling the goods as a prostitute is also illegal.

11. Greece 

In Greece, as long as you are over the age of 21, licensed and a carrier of medical cards whose card is updated every two weeks, you can do almost anything that does not involve sex trafficking. 

Brothels are legal and legal for pimping. 

12. Colombia 

Working in the sex industry in Colombia is legal, though pimping isn't. In cities such as Cartagena and Barranquilla, prostitution is particularly common. 

13. Ecuador 

All is legal here linked to sex work. With no legal repercussions, you can sell your body, run a brothel, or be a pimp. Forced prostitution here, however, is a bit of a concern.

14. France 

In France, prostitution is legal, although public solicitation is still prohibited. Pimping is illegal and in 1946, right after the War, brothels were banned in France.

15. The Netherlands 

Prostitution is, obviously, legal here, just like a lot of other things, one of the places most popular for its red-window sex workers. They've always had a much more open way of dealing with items elsewhere that were considered taboo. 

16. Indonesia 

Given that prostitution itself is not present in any explicit form in their rule, it is plain to say that the sex trade is legal. For forced employees and minors, this often indicates that it is very risky. 

Where is India standing? 

In this country, prostitution itself is not illegal, but soliciting and public prostitution are illegal. It is also against the law to own a brothel, but, as places like GB Road and Kamathipura show, these laws are seldom enforced.


  1. Well written! Is USA not among? If they can promote gay marriage what of their prostitution status. That country is really full of sexual misconduct. Even their media reflect that.


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