Sex Work

In Slovakia, sex work is unregulated There is no law with specific regard to sex work. The national Penal Code¾Act N° 300/2005, effective 01January 2006¾deals with pimping, trafficking in human beings and coercion into prostitution. Sentences of imprisonment for the aforementioned cases are from 1 up to 12 years, dependent on the severity of the crime.


Some of the districts in the capital City of Bratislava, districts I, II, and III, have adopted local regulations that are incompatible with the Constitution of the Republic of Slovakia and that violate basic human rights. These regulations concern anyone that engages in sexual acts in places that are open to the public. In reality, only sex workers and their customers are prosecuted and are fined up to 1,000 Slovakian crowns (about €30) by the Bratislava City Police or State police. As far as we know, there are no similar local regulations in other towns of Slovakia.


Sex workers working in clubs are usually contracted as dancers. Most likely, providing sexual services is not part of the official contract, if there be one. Sex work is not accepted as a legal profession in Slovakia. Therefore, club dancers, together with the strip bar and massage-parlour employees are part of the black-labour (undocumented labour) market. Half of the profit goes to the club owner, with the  same condition holding for private flats.


In Slovakia, there is no organisation that works with indoor sex workers and only a few of them are concerned with the outdoor scene. Almost 100% of the sex workers who provide services on the streets are nationals, but there is a lot of mobility. There sex workers usually come from smaller towns in Slovakia and move to the bigger cities because of the availability of work. Most of them work on the highways or at truck stops. Nearly 80% of the street sex workers in the capital are drug users, with the ratio different in other cities.