Traveling to foreign countries is fun. For many it is the best way to explore new things and sometimes even do stuff that they wouldn’t even consider in their own country, or that might even be illegal at home. That explains the large number of tourists in the Red Light District in Amsterdam, for example.
And allthough prostitution and drugs are readily available in The Netherlands, and legislation is quite liberal about it, in many other countries this is not the case. So if you are thinking of using this kind of services during your stay abroad, it is highly recommended you get familiar with some basic facts about local laws.
Many men tend to experience what they see in porn about prostitutes in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. The problem often is that these men decide to act on their impulses at the final moment, sometimes after some heavy drinking. And that is the moment when their judgement is not at its best. It is not surprising that many men get into problems at such moments.
In Europe, the prostitution laws are quite different, depending on the country you are at. There are eight countries in Europe where prostitution is not only legal, but also regulated, so prostitutes can be monitored on health and safety.
The Netherlands leads the way. Prostitution is legal and window prostitution is famous all over the world.
Germany is another country where sex tourist can visit prostitutes legally, together with Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Latvia, Turkey, and Greece.
In Belgium, Spain and Czech Republic prostitution is not legal, but it is condoned.
In all other European countries it is illegal to pay for services of prostitutes. Tourists in Sweden, Iceland, Norway that get caught, will be fined.
Especially most eastern European countries are very conservative when it comes to prostitution. In those places, the hookers are likely fined, not the customers. In the UK, France and Ireland is a strict anti prostitution legislation. Both the hooker and the customers can count on huge fines.
North and South America
The prostitution laws in the American countries varies a lot. Big parts of South America have legalized prostitution, such as in Brasil and Argentina. But only when it is a ‘one-man business’. Brothels and pimping is illegal.
In Mexico prostitution is no longer illegal and most hookers must be 18 years or older and have a work or residence permit.
Unfortunate States USA, prostitution is illegal, except in the state of Nevada where brothels can get a permit. The Canadian laws on prostitution is changing. The laws that prohibit prostitution have een abolished in 2014.
Australia and New Zealand, both have a somewhat tolerant attitude towards prostitution. In New Zealand prostitution is completely legal. Australia is somewhat divided. The east of the country allows prostitution, but in the west there is more legislation and they are less inclined to support prostitutes.
The Middle East
Prostitution is illegal in the Middle East and penalties are extreme for both hooker and customer. It’s better not to risk anything as a tourist.
In most African countries, prostitutes are outlaws, with the exception of Ethiopia, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. In these countries, the prostitute has to approach the customer, though.
As you may expect, prostitution is illegal in most Asian countries. Japan is an exception. There it is officially illegal, but many massage salons have a ‘happy ending’ on the menu.
When you book a holiday and plan to visit a prostitute, it is wise to advice yourself with the local laws and customs. You don’t want to wind up in prison, by some careless decision.
And it is always a good idea to bring condoms.