Children aged from 5 to 14 have been found prostituted in Sicily. They were controlled by an organised sex ring and abused in the process of producing pornographic videotapes.
According to the Helsinki Committee, one-third of all prostitutes in Italy are Albanian. The women either arrive in Italy legally, for example with tourist or entertainment visas, or are smuggled across the Adriatic.
Though the law now offers them protection, trafficked women are often regarded by the authorities as offenders rather than victims. European Parliament, Pension schemes Sex workers in Germany can now pay into a pension and demand health insurance. It's not like the street where you don't know what happens with a man," said year-old Hannah, who arrived in Stuttgart after pgostitution years working in a brothel in Berlin.
But critics say Germany's liberal approach with its sex laws has spectacularly failed, normalising prostitution and turning the country into what they are now calling the "bordello of Europe". The of prostitutes in Germany is thought to have doubled toover the last 20 years.
The feminist Alice Schwarzer has led a campaign for Germany to reverse course on its prostitution laws and copy the approach in Sweden, where it is illegal to buy sexual services but not to sell them. This means a man caught with a prostitute faces a heavy fine or prosecution, but the woman does not.
That model has slowly been gaining ground across Europe and is now being seriously considered in seven countries, most notably France. A two-year UK parliamentary inquiry into the sex trade, to be published next month, is expected to recommend the same Swedish model for England and Wales, although any change in the law is extremely unlikely before the general election.
As things stand, buying and selling sex is technically legal across the whole of the UK, but a of related activities, from running a brothel to kerb crawling and solicitation, are all criminal offences. The problem is that tightening regulation in one part of Europe often prostitjtion a knock-on effect on another.
German brothel owners near the French border are already gearing up for an increase in customers as soon as stricter laws come into force in France. Paradise Island Entertainment, the chain that owns Stuttgart's mega-brothel and four others across central Europe, is about to open its next outlet a few hundred metres from the French border in the German city of Saarbrucken.