Amsterdam's prostitution windows are famous all over the world.
In Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Northern Ireland, France, and the Republic of Ireland, it is illegal to pay for sex, but not to be a prostitute (the client commits a crime, but not the prostitute).
In countries such as Spain, Belgium, and the Czech Republic, attitudes are more laissez-faire and tolerant, but prostitution is not officially recognized as a job, and not officially and legally regulated, and pimping is forbidden.
Clients must be at least 16 years old, the age of consent in the Netherlands.
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.The legal and social treatment of prostitution differs widely by country.Very permissive prostitution policies exist in the Netherlands and Germany, and these countries are major destinations for international sex tourism.Many foreign prostitutes trafficked into Russia are from other former Soviet republics, China, and North Korea and many Russian prostitutes are trafficked into China, Germany, South Korea, and the United States The enforcement of these laws is lax, and prostitution and other activities which surround it are very common in the country.
Ever since the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in 1989 led to the creation of the two independent states Czech Republic and Slovakia, prostitution has been flourishing, and has contributed its share to the region's booming tourist economy.
In many places, there is a big discrepancy between the laws which exist on the books and what happens in practice.