Cover Osteuropa 6/2006

In Osteuropa 6/2006

Regulate It, Make It Taboo, Criminalise It
The Ethical and Religious Roots of Prostitution Policy in Europe

Britta Schmitt

Deutsche Fassung


With the fall of the Iron Curtain, trafficking in women from Eastern Europe to Western Europe and prostitution began to attract greater attention from the public and politicians. Several countries have since changed their prostitution policy. Many have chosen liberalism, others repression. A comparison of Sweden, Poland, Italy, the Netherlands and Greece shows that other interpretations of the Christian view of human nature, various confessions and historical developments as well as the effects of Soviet ideology are shaping attitudes towards prostitution and finding expression in legislation.

(Osteuropa 6/2006, pp. 33–54)