Rus Articles Journal

Prostitution in Russia - to legalize or leave as is?

in recent years on streets of St. Petersburg invisible “fight“ was developed. Practically all streets in “sleeping“ areas are stuck around by announcements like “Frivolous acquaintances“ or “Dasha, 24 hours“.

Some activists break these announcements therefore their began to draw barrels directly on asphalt. Others (whether competitors, whether fighters for purity of customs) cover with other barrels figures on phone numbers, as a result all street is entirely covered with color spots. Who benefits from it and loses, unclear, but it is obvious that to the city it does not add purity.

Of course, the most ancient profession was, is and will be. It is possible to treat it differently, but time was always demand, time there were always persons interested to earn, so there were also market relations. Therefore we will lay aside a moral question, it is senseless to discuss it. It is much more interesting to address international experience and to try to analyse the relation to prostitution in the different countries.


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of Unity in laws of the European Union countries. In Norway for example, prostitution is forbidden, and the authorities went to the original course - the penalty is imposed on the client, but not on the prostitute. The authorities quite reasonably decided that all “girls“ cannot be caught (and the majority of them most likely from other countries), and here for “clients“ the risk of a heavy fine will be more effective restriction.

Prostitution is also forbidden in Bulgaria, Sweden, Romania and Iceland. However practically in all other European (quite civilized and Puritan) the countries it is authorized. This group includes England, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Poland, Israel and many other countries. And certainly, Holland in which about “red light district“, likely, all heard.


Formally prostitution in Asia practically everywhere is forbidden

. However effectiveness of such bans under a big question since about “rounds“ to Thailand, for example, did not hear only lazy. By data from open sources, in the same Thailand this activity brings more than 4 billion dollars a year. In Saudi Arabia for example, prostitution is forbidden and is punished by imprisonment or flogging, and in Singapore on the contrary, is allowed.

So there is no unity here too. It is interesting that in Iran, for example, despite severity of laws and formal prohibition of prostitution, the conclusion of “temporary marriage“ (Nikah mut‘ah) which under Islamic laws can last from 15 minutes to 99 years is possible.

In Australia the situation differs in various areas: in one states it is authorized, in others is not present.


prostitution is officially forbidden

In the USA and Canada (though according to reports, only for 2007 in Washington the income illegal sex - the industries made $280 million). In Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Honduras prostitution is allowed.


Russia too partially belongs to Europe, how are you are at us? Legally in Russia it is forbidden and under the law activity is punished by a penalty “in the amount of one thousand five hundred to two thousand rubles“. But it is obvious that this penalty is rather symbolical since even in one “working day“ earnings of “girl“ will be obviously higher.

It is interesting that in Russia since Petrovsky times brothels at first were forbidden. So Catherine II in 1782 introduced penalties for the maintenance of brothels, and in 1800 Paul I issued the order on the reference of “girls“ from St. Petersburg to Irkutsk. However illegally all of them equally existed, and over time razmakhvenerichesky diseases became so big that in 1843 the emperor Nicholas I resolved these houses, on condition of visit by his “workers“ of the doctor of times in two weeks. Brothels should not have had any signs, should not have settled down close to schools or churches, and the entrance was forbidden minors there.

So this system also worked till 1917. Then began to fight against prostitution, and after 40 - x years in the USSR it “officially“ was considered nonexistent therefore also punishment for it was not any more.

What target audience of these services in Russia? There are no exact data, certainly, it is only possible to assume. According to data of NTV channel, in Russia one million people are engaged in prostitution. If to assume that each “worker“ serves at least one person a day, at least one million clients a day turn out. If to assume that clients go not more often than once a week, about 7 million people - consumers of these services, or about 5% of the population turn out.

So it or not, precisely, of course, is unknown. It is possible to allocate three groups of people also allegedly:

1. Those at whom in private life everything is good. No “paid services“ are necessary to them.

2. Those who owing to the increased temperament will seek meetings elsewhere, irrespective of existence of constant couple (the most known example - Pushkin).

3. Those who owing to any factors (appearance, health) have no couple in general. For such people it is better to have an opportunity to receive “services“ for money, otherwise they hypothetically can go, for example, for rape.

Fortunately, representatives 1 - y groups, probably, nevertheless the majority, and for the others - really not everything is so unambiguous.


here everyone can draw Conclusions. Only one, this phenomenon is obvious was eat and will be and to close eyes, pretending that it is absent, it is self-deception. Probably, adoption of the full laws regulating prostitution is a sign of a legal maturity of the society capable it is honest to recognize the defects (the fact that it defect, likely, nobody argues). Or perhaps just at legislators it is full of another matters and to them not before. Or (that most likely) all are afraid to communicate - obviously that discussion of any laws in this direction will cause great public outcry.

On the other hand, spontaneous announcements on columns unambiguously spoil the person of the city and have to be forbidden. I went across Europe more than once and never saw such announcements. Of course, it is impossible to put the police officer at each column, but enough, for example, it is simple to block the phone numbers specified in announcements - then their sticking-up will become senseless. Generally, to the city authorities is over what here to think...