As Potent Sex Trade Fizzles, Czechs Look to Legalize

Czech Republic, hotbed of sex tourism, sees numbers drop

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 9, 2008 7:12 AM CST

(Newser) – In the Czech Republic, prostitution is somewhere between legal and illegal—which has made Prague one of the biggest sex tourism hotspots in Europe. But a global recession, coupled with a strong local currency, has led to a sharp drop in the world's oldest profession. The hotel industry is so nervous, writes the New York Times, that it's pushing the government to legalize prostitution once and for all—and the government is considering it.

Proponents say the move would help stem human trafficking and generate millions in revenue. But others are glad to see that business is bad: In one Czech town near the German border, prostitution became so rampant that the price of sex dropped to just 5 euros, and the city had to build an orphanage for dozens of unwanted babies. Now almost all of the brothels there have gone out of business. "The one good thing about the economic crisis," said the city's mayor, "is that it is helping to keep sex tourists away."

In the Czech Republic, long an epicenter of sex tourism, the recession is cutting into prostitution.   (©ajvhan)
In the Czech Republic, long an epicenter of sex tourism, the recession is cutting into prostitution.   (©preciouskhyatt)
In the Czech Republic, long an epicenter of sex tourism, the recession is cutting into prostitution.   (©Jean & Nathalie)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow

An Austrian farmer from a remote area who is not married will still cross the border looking for sex. On the other hand, the recession is helping to keep husbands at home who might otherwise be cheating on their wives. - A Czech prostitutes' rights advocate

« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!