There are prostitutes all over Italy, many of them trafficked women and girls. Now there may be special districts in the capital set aside for their activities.
ROME — The EUR neighborhood south of the city center was developed in the 1930s by Italy’s Fascist Dictator Benito Mussolini to re-create ancient Rome’s splendor ahead of the 1942 World’s Fair, thus the name Espozione Universiale Roma. That World’s Fair, during which Mussolini planned to showcase 20 years of fascism, was quashed thanks to World War II. The neighborhood has since become a commercial Mecca with posh apartments and wide boulevards. But of late it is also an open air market for sex.
Drive down any of 20 or more EUR streets after dark—and often during the day—and you can’t miss prostitutes who are grouped according to race, sexual orientation and, it would seem, sexual titillation level. There are streets for transvestites, male prostitutes and Nigerian women; there are also streets lined with eastern European women and others with Asian girls. Some use campers they keep parked around the street corners. Others conduct their business on the hoods of parked cars. Street cleaners have long complained that the morning sweep contains sticky condoms and hypodermic needles. The scene repeats itself in other districts of Rome outside the city center, but not to the same extent as in EUR.