The government allows this activity as long as they pay taxes and keep legal documents.Women and children are trafficked for sexual exploitation to Turkey, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Russia, Cyprus, Greece, Albania, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, France, Italy, and Portugal.Activities which are subject to the prostitution laws include: selling and buying sexual services, soliciting in public places, running brothels, deriving financial gain from the prostitution of another, offering premises to be used for prostitution etc.Often, the prostitution laws are not clear-cut, and are subject to interpretation, leading to many legal loopholes.The authorities have tried to lead awareness among the population about the extent of this problem, and during the early 2000s the authorities launched numerous information campaigns.One consisted of billboards in the streets of the capital Chişinău depicting a girl gripped in a huge clenched fist and being exchanged for dollars. Prostitution is an administrative, but not criminal, offence in Russia (such as, for example, drinking beer in a public place or walking nude on the street).Prostitution itself is legal, but organised prostitution is illegal.
Very permissive prostitution policies exist in the Netherlands and Germany, and these countries are major destinations for international sex tourism.
It is widespread in Prague and areas near the Republic's borders with Germany and Austria.
In 2002, the Czech Statistical Bureau estimated the trade to be worth six billion Czech koruna (7 million) a year. (It has been legalized and regulated by the government since 1999.) Under the law, prostitutes are professionals who engage in sexual activities in exchange for money.
In parts of Central and Eastern Europe, the anti-prostitution laws target the prostitutes, because in these countries, prostitution is condemned from a moral or conservative viewpoint.
Other countries which have restrictive prostitution policies and officially affirm an anti-prostitution stance are Great Britain, Ireland, and Italy.