In Italy, it is an offence even to stop your car in front of a prostitute.
Due to the ambivalent situation regarding prostitution, a lot of prostitutes fall victim to human trafficking.
On-street prostitution is very widespread and many sex workers on the streets are from eastern Europe and West Africa, also many small brothels exist employing only one or two prostitutes.
According to IOM, 75-80% of 'sex workers' are street prostitutes, because in Italy, unlike some other EU countries such as Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, there are relatively few 'sex clubs'.
Prostitution is rife in the night streets around mid and large towns.
Prostitution in Italy is legal though authorities are taking a firmer stance against it than before.
Some of the street prostitution areas in Milan are considered as a Red-light districts especially if there are many erotic massage salons, sex shops or strip clubs in the area.
But there are no red light areas with window girls like in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium or Austria.
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The issue of legalizing prostitution is highly controversial in Italy for years. It is estimated that up to 100,000 prostitutes in Italy, a third of them come from abroad. See also: Milan Escorts Currently there are talks in many Italian cities about opening legal Red-light districts so prostitutes can work in a safer area and residents do not have to worry about sex workers in their neighbourhood.
So far only city of Rome has started to do something about the situation.