Ever since the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution (1989) led to the creation of the two independent states Czech Republic and Slovakia, prostitution has been flourishing and has contributed its share to the region's booming tourist economy.
It is widespread in Prague and areas near the Republic's western borders with Germany and Austria.
In 2002, the Czech Statistical Bureau estimated the trade to be worth six billion crowns (7 million) a year.
In Prague, the city's third district (Prague 3), immediately east of the center, is home to much of the city's sex industry.
As of January 2008 According to the Czech Ministry of the Interior, there are over 860 brothels in the Czech Republic, of which 200 are in Prague.
Most of the country's prostitution centers in the Northern Bohemia and Western Bohemia regions and in the capital city.
Brothels line the country's roads to Austria and Germany, the source of many customers.
Weekend trips to Prague for some tourists also include visits to erotic clubs.