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Prostitution in Costa Rica is legal. Costa Rica's legal system is based on Roman law rather than common law, so for prostitution to be illegal it would have to be explicitly stated as such in a penal code, it is not. Many of the activities surrounding it are illegal, as the law forbids promoting or facilitating the prostitution of another, therefore pimping , brothels, or prostitution rings are illegal. Prostitution is common and is practiced throughout the country in popular tourism destinations; the large growth in sex tourism prompted the Government of Costa Rica introduce a voluntary registration scheme for prostitutes.
Prostitutes who register with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social carry an ID card and are entitled to a free health check every 15 days, as well as being able to receive support and assistance.
There are estimated to be 15, prostitutes in the country. Sex trafficking, child prostitution and HIV are problems in the country. Sex tourism in Costa Rica can be attributed to the rapid growth of international tourism in the country, the country is being promoted as a popular destination for sex tourism. Despite government and industry efforts, the child sex trade has been a problem. This is because prostitution is not illegal, but many of the activities surrounding it are illegal, such as pimping.
Costa Rica first began the development of its tourism industry with the creation of the country's first private hotel, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica, in On 16 June , Law 91 was passed, creating the National Tourism Board, which operated until it was replaced by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo on 9 August Tourism ranks as Costa Rica's second highest source of revenue.
Costa Rica is becoming reliant upon tourism as a source of income. In the early s, Interpol named Costa Rica the fastest-growing capital for sex tourism in Latin America. Street violence in Costa Rica is on the rise, prostitutes are at risk. Acts of violence committed towards prostitutes go ignored; the issue of violence towards prostitutes is not an issue that goes unnoticed by policy-makers and physicians.