The legality of prostitution in Asia varies by country. In Asiathe main characteristic of the region is the significant discrepancy between the prostitution laws which exist on the books and what occurs in practice. For example, in Thailand prostitution is illegal,  but in practice it is tolerated, and the country is a destination for sex tourism.
Seventeen-year-old prostitute Hashi embraces a Babu, her "husband", inside her small room at Kandapara brothel in Tangail, a northeastern city of Bangladesh. Many young and inexperienced prostitutes have "lovers" or "husbands" who normally live outside the brothel, occasionally taking money and sex from them in exchange for security in this male dominated society. Hashi is one of hundreds of mostly teenage sex workers living a painful life of exploitation in the brothel.
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Stories All Galleries. These images document India's Devadasi System--an ancient form of religiously sanctioned prostitution still practices in India today. Kavita Kurbati, 18, sits inside her family home in the bustling town of Gokak, India, waiting for a customer.
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The legal status of prostitution in Africa varies widely. It is frequently common in practice, partially driven by the widespread poverty in many sub-Saharan African countries,  and is one of the drivers for the prevalence of AIDS in Africa. In other countries, prostitution may be legal, but brothels are not allowed to operate.
Prostitution is big business in Europe. By some estimates, the number of prostitutes across the European Union's 28 members states ranges betweenand as many as 1. While prostitution has a long history in Europe, it's legality varies from country to country. In countries like Germany and Greece, the sex trade is fully legalized and regulated, whereas is many northern European countries like Sweden, it is illegal to buy sex, but not illegal to sell it.
These photos document a mass wedding of child brides in the village of Vadia, organized by an NGO in order to save the girls from a life in the flesh trade. Hemi, a village girl left in her hut, just hours before she will marry. Her sister, who wedding organizers revealed was a sex worker, sits beside her.