Prostitution in Panama is legal and regulated. Prostitutes are required to register and carry identification cards.
However, the majority of prostitutes are not registered; 2,650 sex workers were registered with the government in 2008, but there was no accurate information regarding the total number of persons practicing prostitution in the country.
The principal traffickers in the country are owners of houses of prostitution, and most transnational trafficking occurs using valid travel documents and is conducted through official ports of entry. The PNP Sex Crimes Unit reported that most victims trafficked into the country came from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Central America. The primary destinations for people trafficked from the country are Jamaica and Europe.