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Tuesday, November 17, 1998 Published at 14:53 GMT

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Should prostitution be a crime?

Talking Point joins with BBC World Service Radio's Europewide to discuss whether prostitution should be made illegal throughout Europe?

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It is called the oldest trade in the world, it is proved practically immune to any form of legislation, it may be frowned upon and swept under the carpet, but it is there in all countries in Europe and beyond.

We're talking about prostitution, the sex trade, the act of selling your body for money.

Efforts are under way in several European countries to improve the legal environment in which prostitutes operate.

Sweden, however, has gone the other way. A new law there will make paying for sex illegal from January next year.

What do you think?

Should prostitution be made illegal throughout Europe?

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