According to a new Europe-wide report, criminalising the purchase of sex, rather than the sale of sex, is the best way to end demand for prostitution and tackle the problem of trafficking
. In many several European countries including Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, prostitution is legal and regulated
Some other countries have a prohibitionist policy model where both the seller and buyer are sanctioned. Most countries are abolitionist. That means that prostitution is legal but that organized activities like brothels are illegal.