Rome's growing sex industry may pave way for red-light district

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Rome's Growing Sex Industry May Pave Way For Red-Light District

A growing sex industry in Rome has led to a debate about how the city should respond, with some officials saying, "if you can't beat it, then let's manage it."

A controversial new plan proposed in Rome seeks to create designated streets for the purpose of prostitution to keep it out of the eyes of the general public, where it is now. Washington Post Berlin Bureau Chief Anthony Faiola, who wrote a piece about the issue for the Post, recently joined HuffPost Live to discuss.

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Rome's growing sex industry may pave way for red-light district
Prostitutes chat on the sidewalk in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (EUR 1942 - Universal Exposition), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (Universal Exposition - EUR 1942), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Prostitutes chat on the sidewalk in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (EUR 1942 - Universal Exposition), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (Universal Exposition - EUR 1942), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken at night shows the 'Palazzo dei Congressi' (Congress Hall) in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (EUR 1942 - Universal Exposition), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (Universal Exposition - EUR 1942), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
A prostitute walks in an alley of the Esposizione Universale Roma district (EUR 1942 - Universal Exposition), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (Universal Exposition - EUR 1942), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken at night shows the Saints Peter and Paul basilica in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (Universal Exposition - EUR 1942), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (Universal Exposition - EUR 1942), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken at night shows the Saints Peter and Paul basilica in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (Universal Exposition - EUR 1942), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (Universal Exposition - EUR 1942), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken at night shows the 'Palazzo della civilta del lavoro' or 'Square Colosseum' a fascist architecture icon in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (Universal Exposition - EUR 1942), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken at night shows the 'Palazzo della civilta del lavoro' or 'Square Colosseum' a fascist architecture icon in the Esposizione Universale Roma district (Universal Exposition - EUR 1942), also known as 'E.42' on February 8, 2015 in Rome. Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said on February 7, 2015 as Church and other opponents attacked the move. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing to the experiment in the EUR business district south of the city. The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
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