Technically prostitution is not illegal in Italy, only exploitation is.
In the framework of an experimental project launched by the Municipality of Rome, in the IX Division a red light district will be created under the strict supervision of security operators and social workers.
Don’t expect shop windows like in Amsterdam, the activity of the sex workers will be limited to their flats, any enticement in public spaces will be forbidden. A Municipal Order will regulate every facet of the operation.
Many people in Italy think that prostitution would need a better regulation – or a regulation whatsoever – in order to avoid the brutal exploitation of women, increase health controls and generate revenue for the State budget. In theory, prostitutes should pay their taxes as self-employed professionals; in practice, since their activity is semi-clandestine (and unprotected by the Authorities), they don’t.
The State-sanctioned brothels in Austria have many Italian clients.