WARNING - Prostitution in Bratislava
Prostitution itself is at present not illegal in Slovakia but any form of pimping or organized solicitation is punishable by law. That is the official stance but like most other major capitals you will find a steady supply of both street prostitutes, erotic massage salons, up-market escort services and strip bars fronting for brothels in Bratislava.
Most prostitutes now work at so-called "privats" - unmarked apartments around the city with one or several girls usually requiring telephone arrangement. Street prostitution is limited to areas frequented by truck drivers and Austrian clients - the highway Panonska towards the Hungarian border in Petrzalka, as well as a stretch of road near the Slovnaft refinery. Because of the grey area that defines the legal status of prostitution in Bratislava, there is no guarantee of healthcare for prostitutes from the state and most are assumed to be drug addicts by the police and municipality.
In the centre, especially in some of the more expensive bars, there are good looking female prostitutes looking for foreign clients. Often, their ultimate goal is to steal from any unsuspecting client so utmost caution is advised for those tempted to engage their services. There are known cases of clients being drugged up and robbed of their belongings by gangs using women posing as prostitutes in Bratislava.
Sexual services by both men and women also can be found on many Slovak internet chat servers and singles websites.
Semi-legal forms of prostitution are practised in erotic massage salons around the city and along major roads throughout the country. While some of the businesses are legitimate salons offering only erotic dance, lap dancing, striptease and the like, many are fronts for actual brothels. These establishments often use a variety of techniques to overcharge guests, especially if they only speak a foreign language.
There are a number of escort services in Bratislava, including many that advertise on the internet, mostly at up-market prices. A few years ago, the police have cracked down on some of the larger of these services with the charges of solicitation.
Should you choose to look for sexual services in Bratislava, it is recommended you proceed only with extreme caution. Hotel receptions at seedier hotels and taxi drivers may be the best places to get tips and safety advice. Condoms are on sale at most hotel receptions, some condom machines are available in bars and clubs (but not always) and 24-hour gas stations and supermarkets will sell them as well.
Note: www.BratislavaGuide.com does not condone prostitution, provide listings or referrals to any such services. It is our policy not to promote any form of adult entertainment services although we recognise that some of our visitors may choose to seek such services. This article is provided for information purposes only and to alert visitors to potential dangers.