A quarter of the arrested unregistered prostitutes had multiple infections with sexually transmitted diseases.
Because of this, the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior wants to transform illegal prostitution into legal regulated prostitution.
The Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior considers the illegal prostitution as a problem because it comes along with crimes like human trafficking, pimping and rape.
In addition, unregistered prostitution creates health problems.
Many young women from the former Eastern bloc came to Austria and were willing to work for less money than the Austrian women.
Additionally organized crime groups from southern and eastern Europe entered the prostitution scene in Austria.
Furthermore, Exit counsels victims who seek help in special African dialects.The last time prostitution was completely forbidden in Austria was under Maria Theresa of Austria (1740-1780) who shipped prostitutes along with other "antisocial" people down the Danube to Timișoara in the Banat region of Romania. Nusser of the Vienna police suggested that prostitutes be required to register with the police, receive medical examinations twice a week, and obtain special health certificates.In 1873, Anton Ritter von Le Monnier, head of the Vienna police, reformed Vienna's prostitution law, and health certificates have been obligatory since that time.Of the registered prostitutes, 5,312 were unmarried, 902 widows, and 210 married. under Zehnter Abschnitt Strafbare Handlungen gegen die sexuelle Integrität und Selbstbestimmung (§§ 201-220b) (Part Ten: Offences against sexual integrity and self-determination (§ § 201-220b)).
Although sex work itself is not forbidden, Section 207b Sexueller Missbrauch von Jugendlichen (Sexual abuse of juveniles) allows for prosecution of clients of workers younger than 18.
Exit was initiated by Joana Adesuwa Reiterer, a Nigerian actress and writer based in Vienna who, after escaping a marriage with a pimp, started her research on human trafficking from Africa to Austria for sexual exploitation.