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Monday, January 2, 2012

Legal Prostitution? Interactive world map shows where prostitution is legal (or not)

Have you ever wondered where in the world prostitution is legal? This great interactive map by Chartsbin is great reference guide to the legality of the world's oldest profession.

But please take this information with a grain of salt. Even if the act itself is legal in some countries, the activities that surround the act may well be illegal. In Canada, for example, soliciting is a crime. Even though prostitution is illegal in the U.S., this was not always the case. According to Wikipedia:
Originally, prostitution was widely legal in the United States. Prostitution was made illegal in almost all states between 1910 and 1915 largely due to the influence of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union which was influential in the banning of drug use and was a major force in the prohibition of alcohol. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson wanted all prostitution ended near any military and naval base as America prepared to enter World War.

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