Germany is listed by the UNODC as one of the most common destinations for victims of human trafficking. (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.
The government allows this activity as long as they pay taxes and keep legal documents.
In many places, there is a big discrepancy between the laws which exist on the books and what happens in practice.
Depending on the country, various prostitution related activities may be prohibited (where a specific law forbids such activity), decriminalized (where there is no specific law either forbidding or allowing and regulating the activity), or regulated (where a specific law explicitly allows and regulates the activity if certain conditions are met).
Nonetheless, since July 2013, the prostitutes must already be 21 in the City of Amsterdam.
Prostitution and human trafficking is a major problem due to police corruption.
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.
Some countries outlaw the act of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for money, while others allow prostitution itself, but not most forms of procuring (such as operating brothels, facilitating the prostitution of another, deriving financial gain from the prostitution of another, soliciting/loitering).Prostitution itself is legal, but operating brothels and other activities related to prostitution are prohibited.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.Prostitutes must be at least 18 throughout the Netherlands.A new law, not yet in effect, will require the prostitutes to be at least 21.