Sex Work

Luxembourg’s legislation relating to sex work is federal. Prostitution under the age of 18 is not allowed by law, and for those above the age of 18, there is no mention in existing legislation.

Street prostitution is regulated by the settlement of the City of Luxembourg. It is only allowed on two streets in the area near the train station of the City of Luxembourg between the hours of 20:00 and 03:00. The police frequently control this area, and if prostitutes are found working at other times or other places, they are fined. The fines may reach a maximum of € 2500.

It is clear that the limits of place and time are leading to several problems. Too many sex workers have to share the space provided for in the regulation. So they disperse elsewhere onto other streets in the area near the station and take the risk of being fined or arrested for prostitution outside the legalised area. Since the sex workers have to work during the night, they have to cope with a more-dangerous clientele and they face greater difficulty in juggling the time dedicated to their personal and family lives.

The fines for the prostitutes may reach a maximum of €2500, which may be extinguished by weekly payments; however, weekly payments constitute a vicious circle because the prostitute served with theses fines is forced to work in order to do so, and often she violates the regulation that dictates the time and place for legalised prostitution because she must work during the day or at other places in order to pay off her debt.