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A World Map of Countries That Have Legal Prostitution

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Yeah, there’re a lot of awesome things you can do in the US that you just can’t do in other countries. But on that rare occasion you decide to leave the greatest country in the history of civilization, you'll find there are, in fact, a bunch of things you can do in other countries you can’t do here, too! Like ride a camel in the desert. Or smoke in public. Or, you know, not that you’d do it, but pay someone to have sex with you. Legally.

A lot of governments turn a blind eye to prostitution, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's legal. And since the last thing we want is for you to spend the next decade sleeping on a dirt floor in a Thai prison, we've compiled this list (and helpful map) outlining all the countries in the world where paying directly for sex is legal, where it’s kinda legal, and where the law simply says "no dice."

LEGAL

Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Macau, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St Martin, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, Venezuela.

KINDA LEGAL*

Burkina Faso - The act of selling sex is legal, but soliciting prostitution is not. So she’s going to have to make the first move.

Colombia - Though some guys who've been will tell you it’s impossible to get laid for free in Colombia, technically, you’re only allowed to make a business transaction with your new girlfriend in the “tolerance zones.”

Iceland - The actual act of having sex for money is not illegal. But paying for it is. So basically the only way to do this legally is to stiff (giggity) your escort.

Ivory Coast - Same as in Burkina Faso, soliciting a prostitute is illegal, but if you end up with her and pay for sex, you’re fine.

Japan - Japan says prostitution is illegal. But they have these "soaplands" all around the country where you can pay an independent contractor for a massage (so it’s not a brothel) and if you happen to hit if off really, really well and other things happen to go on, well, then that’s all fine and dandy.

Liechtenstein - They’re cool with it as long as you’re not doing it out on the street. So Richard Gere will have to look elsewhere for a fancy dinner date in Vaduz.

Norway - Following Iceland's "Nordic model" of prostitution, having sex for money is legal in Norway, but paying for sex isn’t. Same holds true in Sweden.

Russia - Since all those smoking hot Russian models are CLEARLY dating those 75-year-old billionaires for their good looks and charming personalities, Russia has deemed formal prostitution a mere  “administrative offense,” kind of like drinking in public or speeding.

Sweden - See Norway and Iceland.

USA - No, just because you got some “extras” at one of the places on this list doesn’t mean it’s legal there. The US of A makes this list -- much like we make the list of world's largest meth producers -- thanks to some rural counties in Nevada.


*Since $150,000 in law school debt didn't sound all that appealing, none of us are lawyers. Which means we don't use fancy terms like "ipso facto", and we aren't COMPLETELY qualified to tell you if it's ok to pay for sex in these places. Just in case you end up in that Thai prison and are contemplating legal action.
 

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