Legal Prostitution Systems in Europe

Part of the Studies of Organized Crime book series (SOOC, volume 16)


This chapter examines selected European prostitution and trafficking policies and law enforcement practices. I first present two analytical approaches relevant to European policy regimes, and conclude that they are severely flawed either because of problematic assumptions or because the data are insufficient to support the conclusions drawn by the analysts. I then examine (1) issues regarding sex trafficking, (2) public opinion in various European states, and (3) recent political struggles over prostitution policy in the Netherlands and Germany, which illustrates the kinds of debates that may arise after prostitution has been decriminalized.


Sex work Sex trafficking Research methods Public policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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