On summer afternoons, before the sun sinks behind the pine forests on Rome's western edge, a dozen or so young African women take up their places on either side of a remote commuter road, scanning the traffic for customers. Then, about 6 P. The African women leave, ceding their spots to transvestites from South America who stay until the sun sets, before moving to the safer glare of the city's lights. On another commuter artery to the south of Rome, two young women from Ghana sit perched on a metal traffic barrier until two cars pull up, offering each a ride. Farther down the road stands a year-old Romanian in short shorts and a skimpy T-shirt who says she is getting ready to give up prostitution and go back home. I'm going to get married and then I'll be O. In the last 10 years, street prostitution in Italy has undergone a sea change: once the last resort of desperate Italian women, it is now a reflection of the shifting demographics of a country that used to see very few foreigners, except tourists. And although the volume of immigration -- legal and illegal -- into Italy is still lower than in many other European countries, foreign prostitutes are a visible reminder that this country, once an exporter of emigrants, now has to make room for newcomers -- including those who earn a living on the edges of society.
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Prostitution in Italy Italian : prostituzione , defined as the exchange of sexual acts for money, is legal, although organized prostitution , whether indoors in brothels or controlled by third parties, is prohibited. Brothels were banned in A euphemism often used to refer to street prostitutes in Italy is Lucciole lit. Prostitution thrived in Italy in the Middle Ages.
Police in Rome have issued their first euro spot fines to prostitutes and their clients after the capital's right-wing mayor issued a decree banning street prostitution. A heatedly-debated law may ban the practice nationwide. Police in Rome have issued their first spot fines to prostitutes and their clients after the capital's right-wing mayor issued a decree banning street prostitution, Italian media reported Wednesday. Three men and 17 prostitutes were each slapped with euro fines dollars by municipal police after Mayor Gianni Alemanno's order came into force on Tuesday. The prostitutes, most of them from Romania, told police they had no intention of paying the fines, according to the newspaper Corriere della Sera. The first client to be fined, a year-old Italian mechanic, argued that he was unaware about the decree and would "never vote again for Gianni Alemanno," who was elected earlier this year.
Near the Garibaldi station in Naples, on the Via Galileo Ferraris, is a church with a cross illuminated in bright neon. Most are in their 40s, and some in their 50s. They are discreet, silent and holding cheap leather clutch bags. One is dressed in a prim shirt and trousers, with thick black-rimmed glasses, looking like a student on the town in search of a cheap eat. We pass the HQ of Italian energy company Enel. A long brick wall and an entrance gate, where a smart car is parked.