The Situation in Luxembourg

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Prostitutes, Pimps, Clients: defining the Sex Industry

To legalise prostitution is to deny civil and human rights

Failure to legalise prostitution is to deny civil and human rights

New Technologies and the Sex Industry

How Many Sex Workers?

Where do Europe's Sex workers come from?

What is Trafficking for the Purposes of Sexual Exploitation?

Can Legalising Prostitution bring an end to Trafficking for the Purposes of Sexual Exploitation?

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Population: 0.45 million

Number of prostitutes:

3-700 (fluctuates)

Of which migrant:

3-300 (fluctuates)

 

De Jure

Prostitution:

Prostitution is legal in Luxembourg

Trafficking:

Trafficking is punishable by severe penalties under the criminal law.  There have not been any court cases to date.

 

De Facto

In response to growing numbers of sex workers,  restrictions were placed on the issue of permits for cabaret workers.  The European Parliament reported in 2000 that reform of the penal code was under consideration with a view to reinforcing the available means of action against prostitution networks and rings trafficking in women for purposes of prostitution."

Residence permits are grranted to 'cabaret artists and are often used as a route of entry for sex workers.  Traffickers use this guise to import foreign women to the EU via Luxembourg.

 

 

The main legal form of recruiting foreign women is the residence permit granted under an 'artist's contract' 1073 'artists' have been identified in the country's 21 'cabarets' - 60% from eastern European countries. 

(European Parliament 2000)

 

 

 

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