A March of Red Umbrellas gathered about hundred people who walked through Skopje's main pedestrian areas on Tuesday, calling for the decriminalisation of prostitution in North Macedonia and better social treatment of sex workers in general.
The event this year focused in particular on the fight against gender-based violence.
A large prostitution racket that exploited women from Moldova has been unraveled by police in Attica who have arrested 15 people - 12 foreign nationals and three Greeks.
According to authorities, the gang preyed on women in the Eastern European country and lured them to Greece, where they were forced into prostitution at brothels across central Athens.
"The government does not enforce the law which is part of the constitution and a requirement under international agreements," Nuray Cevirmen, secretary of women's rights at the Human Rights Association in Ankara, told BIRN.
Cevirmen said that Turkey has a very conservative, male-dominated society in which men are resistant to challenges to their privileges.
A transgender sex worker has been shot dead by an off-duty police officer, while two other people were injured in the Aegean province of İzmir.
Some 40,000 conscripts have been so far given a training on violence against women in a bid to raise their awareness regarding this issue, said an official of the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services.