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In Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Northern Ireland, France, and the Republic of Ireland, it is illegal to pay for sex, but not to be a prostitute (the client commits a crime, but not the prostitute).
Prostitution is an administrative, but not criminal, offence in Russia (such as, for example, drinking beer in a public place or walking nude on the street).
The maximum punishment is a fine up to 2000 rubles (~); however, organizing prostitution or engaging somebody into prostitution is punishable by a prison term.
In 2002, the Czech Statistical Bureau estimated the trade to be worth six billion Czech koruna (7 million) a year. In 2002, the government changed the law in an effort to improve the legal situation of prostitutes.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.Often, the prostitution laws are not clear-cut, and are subject to interpretation, leading to many legal loopholes.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.