The Situation in Portugal

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The information gathered here is from Trafficking in Women

 Population:  10.5 million

Number of prostitutes:

Unknown

Of which migrant:

50%

 

De Jure

Prostitution:

no specific law

Trafficking

"Under the Portuguese penal code, trafficking in women is punishable by two to eight years' imprisonment"

 

De Facto

Prostitution appears to be tolerated in Portugal, and is widespread.

"Press sources suggest that half of the women engaged in prostitution are foreigners, especially from central Europe and Russia"

"A number of prostitution outlets existů where, according to certain sources, eastern European women are obliged to prostitute themselves."

In June 1999, a French woman and seven Portuguese citizens were accused of offences related to the prostitution of 17 eastern European women who had been imported from Russia, Estonia and Ukraine via an 'artists' agency' based in Luxembourg.

 

 

 

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