LEGAL ASPECTS OF PROSTITUTION IN THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Doctoral student at the Faculty of Law of the Pan-European University
Prostitution is a social issue where there is considerable variation in the legislative intent and framework of different countries. European countries have different views on the acceptability of prostitution and adopt a range of different legislative approaches. In many countries sale of sexual services is prohibited; however, recent developments in the legal orders of certain European countries introduced prohibition of prostitution (so-called Swedish model), which places the burden of criminality on those buying sex. Other countries, on the other hand, implement various regulations to manage brothels, to provide health care, employment status and rights to prostitutes. In general it could be said that due to different cultures, social factors and most of all existing legislation, it is difficult to find countries which follow exactly the same approach to prostitution. This article presents our view on the legislative approach to prostitution in the Slovak Republic and the various practical and application problems related to the sanctioning of prostitution and activities related thereto.