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September 28, 2021
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Romanian immigrant prostitutes, most numerous

A study put together by the International TAMPEP Foundation puts Romania in the top position among the countries generating immigrant prostitutes, from all the 25 countries of the European Union. The study, “Sex work in Europe” put together by the international network of NGOs deals with mapping prostitution in Europe and identifying the health and personal security risks the immigrants expose themselves to.


The researchers gathered info along two years, from 2006 to 2008 and the result surprisingly confirmed one of the clichés linked to Romanian immigrants: we manage to send more prostitutes to the European countries than the Russians do.


Thus, a total of 12 percent of the interviewed prostitutes said they originate from Romania. Second in this TAMPEP top come the Russian prostitutes, with 9 percent, Bulgaria, with 8 percent, Ukraine and Nigeria.


The conclusion of this study shoes that, compared to similar studies put together before 2006, there is an explosion on Europe’s sex market, of “workers” from the recently EU admitted countries. In 2006, Romania was still in the top, but occupied the third place, after Russia and Ukraine.


The NGO study’s authors, however, note that, although 12 percent of the interviewed prostitutes named as their origin country Romania, this does not indicate they are the most numerous throughout Europe, but they are the most “visible.”


“Results should not be considered absolute, “the study’s authors show, “but collecting information for such a study poses extreme difficulty. Even in the countries where police and health mechanism monitor the number of sexual workers, data can only be partial, considering the black market in the industry.”

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