Czech Pirate party fights to legalize prostitution in the Czech Republic
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Czech Pirate party fights to legalize prostitution in the Czech Republic

While the business of prostitution is technically prohibited in the Czech Republic - organized prostitution including brothels is officially illegal - the state has long turned a blind eye to the practice. According to a study by the Czech Ministry of Interior earlier this decade, there were 860 brothels operating in the country, and 200 in Prague alone, that may (or may not) comply with the letter of the law but certainly not its spirit. That has resulted in an estimated 13,000 prostitutes in the Czech Republic according to recent reports, many of whom operate in what is currently a legal gray area. That should change, says the Czech Pirate party, as reported by iDnes.cz. Beyond providing much-needed assistance for those who currently engaged in the prostitution business and public health benefits (HIV rates decreased by 16% in Switzerland after government regulation of prostitution), regulation could also mean big business for the state. "We want to address an area that has not been addressed for a long time and which is still problematic in many parts of the Czech Republic," Jakub Michálek, Pirate party representative in the Czech Chamber of Deputies, said when introducing his party’s proposal. "The number of…

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Czech Republic is more free than the USA, says 2019 Freedom in the World report

“They may take our lives… but they’ll never take our freedom!” That is, unless you live in roughly 60% of countries throughout the world in the year 2019. The annual Freedom in the World report analyzes levels of freedom uses methodology derived from the UN General Assembly’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights to assess the real-life rights and freedoms of individual citizens in 212 countries across the world. While most world governments promise their citizens some level of freedom, that isn’t always a reality - and over the course of 2018, citizens in less than 50% of countries in the world enjoyed true freedom. Of the 212 countries surveyed in the report, only 87 were found to be free. 59 countries were deemed “not free”, while 64 were given “partly free” status. The Czech Republic, of course - like most European countries - was deemed to be among the 87 countries considered free, with an aggregate score of 91. The scores are based upon individual ratings across two main categories, Political Rights and Civil liberties, which combined to give an overall Freedom Rating. The Czech Republic received top marks in both categories. The Czech score of 91 was good enough…

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