Sex Work
Prostitution can be considered a public offense if it causes public annoyance. Engaging in prostitution at a public venue may also be punished under the offense of ‘rioting’ as the offender is committing a ‘rude indecency’ in a place open to public. A new legislation  came into effect in March 2007, gave municipalities the right to designate areas for sex work or to ban sex work altogether. This has pushed sex workers from working on the streets  into working in private apartments, clubs and windows. Sex workers must now stay outside the borders of the municipality, this often means working along highways and roads near parking lots. There is also a new combination of outdoor/indoor work settings, e.g. running out from behind the windows when a car comes or into the club when a police officer approaches. There continue to be few contracts or safe and secure work conditions.. Currently, in the Czech Republic, there are bars with only one sex worker and apartments that are occupied by up to eight women. Also, sex supermarkets are on the rise – clubs with around 150 women each shift. Another location where a lot of sex workers gather as a consequence of the legislation that has been pushing sex work away from the streets is the areas inside and around the main railway station in Prague