As you can see, Europe is a hot-bed for legalized prostitution—although contrary to this image, it is also legal in some parts of the United States. Can you imagine what would happen to the sex trafficking trade if there was a shift in Europe from legalized prostitution to illegal prostitution?
A crackdown on pimps and crime rings would not only ensue, but it would certainly make it more difficult to coerce these young girls from the Eastern Block and elsewhere.
Here’s an interactive map (you can also click the map at the beginning of this post for a larger version):
And a quick breakdown of the map above:
- Number of countries prostitution is Illegal: 109
- Number of countries prostitution is restricted: 11
- Number of countries prostitution is Legal: 77
- Number of countries with No laws for prostitution: 5