Prostitution in Denmark

Prostitution in Denmark is legal, and has been since changes in the penal codes the 17th of March, 1999, but practically had been legal for a long time prior to the changes to the penal code. However, prostitution is not a recognized field of work, and as such is not protected under the workers protection laws, unemployment benefits etc.

The age of consent in Denmark is 15 years, however, prostitution is 18 years, and sex with a person below 18 years of age as an act of prostitution is a serious offense.

The traditional center for prostitution in Copenhagen is the district behind the Copenhagen Central Rail Station beyond Reventlowsgade, but in recent years the number of streetwalkers and sexually oriented businesses in this area has declined. Like many other European cities, many prostitutes now use internet based ads for incall and outcall services.

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