The Sofia Weekly (my fav weekly) reported over the weekend that Norway is banning paying for prostitution because of a European prostitution ring run from Brussels, Belgium. It seems said prostitution ring is very successful, and sends a number of prostitutes to various cities throughout Europe, including Oslo, Norway. However, since the pimps are not based in these cities, the whores are not able to get into brothels, but must walk the streets, sparking a public reaction in Oslo. And so, as of January 1, any Norwegian citizen caught paying for a prostitute at home or abroad, will face a large fine or a six-month stay in prison.
And who are the pimps that caused all the trouble? Well, they are gentlemen from Sliven, Bulgaria. Just fantastic.
I will say, I do not condone prostitution or pimping; however, this ring is based out of Brussels. And, Benelux countries do indeed make it extremely difficult for our Bulagarian friends to work legally in their countries. Just saying. It's hard out there for a pimp.
Also not surprisingly, I could not find a not offensive picture for this post.