The degree of enforcement of the anti-prostitution laws vary by country, by region and by city.
In many places, there is a big discrepancy between the laws which exist on the books and what happens in practice.
“Sex workers”, as they are known by non-government organizations, typically don’t trust journalists.
It’s rare for them to accept a journalist into their home, which is usually temporary accommodation.
Nevena Borisova had the chance to meet some of Bulgaria's sex workers and hear their stories Magda and Natalia smoke cigarettes sitting languidly on bare mattresses.
They show their thighs and their faces as well; the two women are watching the person opposite them with curiosity, *** who observes them, too.
Depending on the country, various prostitution related activities may be prohibited (where a specific law forbids such activity), decriminalized (where there is no specific law either forbidding or allowing and regulating the activity), or regulated (where a specific law explicitly allows and regulates the activity if certain conditions are met).
Activities which are subject to the prostitution laws include: selling and buying sexual services, soliciting in public places, running brothels, deriving financial gain from the prostitution of another, offering premises to be used for prostitution etc.
The diverse geography ranges from the sunny Black Sea coast to the snow-capped Balkan Mountains, including Strandzha, the highest peak.
But Magda has decided to trust me and let me into her home.
The lodgings – a mid-sized room with a hall – is located in a central area of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia and can hardly be called cozy.
And by the end of day the two women will no longer be roommates; they’re moving out.
“Now I am broken, but what a beauty I was a few years ago!