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Bulgaria: How to Become a Prostitute in 1888

The blog “Живот Мой” (“My Life”) published [bg] the 1888 local legislation on how to become a prostitute in the Black Sea coastal city of Varna. The bill contains the requirements for women willing to become prostitutes; regulations on brothels; health requirements before, during and after being a prostitute; and legal proceedings in case of violation of the above rules. These documents are in striking contrast with the current Bulgarian legislation on prostitution: a tolerated gray area that allows the country to be a big player on the international sex trade scene and was estimated to generate 1 billion euros income.

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