The prostitution trade in the United States is estimated at $14 billion annually.  A 2012 report by the Scelles Foundation found that there were approximately 1 million prostitutes in the United States.  Prostitution in Montserrat is legal and common.  However, related activities such as controlling prostitution or living off the income from prostitution are prohibited under the Penal Code.  “This month, a small group of women in Nicaragua became the first in the world to adopt the titles of sex worker and judicial mediator at the same time. They are part of a historic programme Nicaragua is putting in place to bring sex workers even closer to the justice system. Prostitution is already legal, but authorities say involving sex workers in mediation can help them advocate for other sex workers and members of marginalized communities from abuse. Brothels in Lyon County pay between $20,000 and $26,000 per quarter in royalties, depending on the number of rooms in operation. In one year, the county brought in about $384,000 in brothel permits, liquor licenses and business royalties from the four establishments.
The law varies by state, ranging from decriminalized to legally regulated to criminal. Click here to see a summary table of Australian prostitution legislation compiled by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia. Sex trafficking and child prostitution are problems in the country. Considering that prostitution itself is not even present in a clear form in their law, it is clear to say that sex trafficking is legal. It also means that it is very dangerous for forced laborers and miners. “I don`t think anyone has 100 percent perfected it. But events like this bring us closer and closer to a second sexual revolution where everyone`s rights are intact and everyone is safe,” she said. Prostitution as a buyer or seller is technically illegal in Japan. However, because the legal definition of prostitution is extremely narrow and specific (vaginal sex with a stranger), sex workers have developed a cornucopia of loopholes and endpoints. These include “soaplands”, where guests are bathed by prostitutes; offer oral, breast or other non-vaginal sex; and “Fashion Health” or “Delivery Health” services that sell legal services such as a massage and unofficially launch a sexual act such as a freebie.
As such, prostitution is banned in Japan, but thrives. Child prostitution in the United States is a serious problem.   More than 100,000 children are estimated to be forced into prostitution each year in the United States.   “Prostitution policy and legislation are devolved matters and Scotland and Northern Ireland are free to legislate separately. In England and Wales, the sale and purchase of sexual services is legal, but various related activities are criminal. These include activities related to exploitation, such as controlling prostitution or running a brothel, and activities that may constitute a public nuisance, such as buying or selling sexual services in public. House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, “Prostitution: Third Report of the 2016-2017 Session,” parliament.uk, 1. July 2016 “As with any form of sex work, selling sex for money [in Scotland] is not illegal, but `related activities` – advertising, crawling on the pavement, running brothels – are.” ScotPep, “The Law”, scot-pep.org (accessed 9 March 2018)In Northern Ireland, the sale of sexual services is legal, but the purchase of sexual services is illegal under section 15 of the Trafficking and Exploitation of Persons (Criminal Justice and Victim Support) Act 2015 (Northern Ireland). Prostitution takes many forms and its legality varies from country to country (sometimes even from state or county to state).
This inconsistency reflects the wide range of national opinions that exist on issues surrounding prostitution, including exploitation, gender roles, ethics and morality, freedom of choice, and social norms. Prostitution is illegal under section 21 of the Sharia Criminal Offences Act 1997 (Federal Territories Act). Sharia laws in Malaysia do not apply to non-Muslims in the country. “Neither prostitution nor the purchase of sexual services is punishable [in Belgium], but the activities of third parties are generally prohibited. Criminal law prohibits procurement. Intensified pimping. [and] all forms of advertising for the purpose of prostitution.” 12. Mexico: In Mexico, prostitution has been decriminalized and regulated at the state level to ensure that all sex workers over the age of 18 are registered and undergo regular health checks. Prostitutes must work in the “zona roja” or red light district of their city and must always have their health card with them. Constitutes the act of preserving a person or deceiving a person to be a prostitute to another. The opening of brothels is also not allowed. In addition to being purely voluntary, Costa Rica not only allows prostitution, but also supports its interest in the community.
“Prostitution is legal. The law prohibits inciting minors to prostitution and corruption. Prostitution between adults is legal for women and men over the age of 18 if they register with municipal authorities and have a health certificate.  Brothels must be licensed. The vast majority of prostitutes work in the informal sector, where they do not enjoy health protection.    Police officers tolerate the operation of unauthorized brothels.  “Under the Norwegian Criminal Code, the sale of sexual services is legal. However, it is illegal for Norwegian citizens/people living in Norway to purchase sexual services, whether in Norway or abroad. Purchasing sexual services is punishable by a fine and up to one year in prison.
Street prostitution is illegal throughout the United States. Street prostitution tends to be concentrated in certain areas known for advertising. For example, statistics on official arrests by the Chicago Police Department from August 19, 2005 to May 1, 2007 suggest that prostitution activity is highly concentrated: nearly half of all arrests for prostitution take place in a small third of one percent of all city blocks in Chicago.  Street prostitutes who exchange sex for drugs are sometimes referred to as “strawberries.”  These measures appear to have been taken in order not to encourage trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation and to respect public order.