Prostitution in Turkey is legal and regulated.
Women need to be registered and acquire an ID card stating the dates of their health checks. It is mandatory for registered prostitutes to undergo regular health checks for sexually transmitted diseases. The police are allowed to check the authenticity of registered prostitutes to determine whether they have been examined properly and to ensure they see the health authorities if they don't.
Men cannot register under this regulation.
In 2008, activists and sex workers in Turkey announced they were working on a project to establish Turkey’s first sex workers union.
|The number of prostitutes||100,000|
|prostitutes are registered in 56 brothels operating||3,000|
|prostitutes registered with the police||15,000|
|women waiting to get licenses||30,000|
|age of prostitution||between 15 and 40|
|annual turnover||$3–4 billion|
Source countries for identified victims of trafficking in 2008 included Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Romania, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Indonesia, and Morocco.