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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Trouble With Sex

CHISHINAU, Moldova () -- Police in Moldova, with a population of just 4.3 million, uncovered 540 illegal brothels last year and legislation cannot cope with a booming sex trade, local newspapers said.

The weekly newspaper Moldavskiy Vedemosti quoted a vice squad officer as saying prostitutes and pimps faced fines of between $8 and $20 -- the equivalent of an hour's work.

"Many prostitutes are offering to pay police officers their fines in advance for the whole year, so that their work routine is not disrupted," vice squad inspector Mihai Burlea said.

He said just 187 pimps and 317 prostitutes were fined in Moldova last year.