Forty individuals have been accused of purchasing sex. According to the website of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, if convicted, the accused face fines or imprisonment of up to one year.
The charges against the individuals were put forth at the end of October and the cases are now before Reykjavík District Court, ruv.is reports.
This is the second time in 12 months that a group of people has been accused of purchasing sexual services. In November 2013, 20 persons were fined ISK 80,000 (USD 650, EUR 520) for attempting to purchase sexual services. It is believed that the prostitution took place in an apartment hotel on Laugavegur, downtown Reykjavík.
In October 2013, ten people were convicted of purchasing prostitution in an apartment in Kópavogur, a town in the capital area.
Prostitution is not illegal in Iceland. However, soliciting sex is illegal as well as organizing and profiting from prostitution as a third party.