In 2013, parliament rejected a petition from the country's anti-discrimination commissioner to strike prostitution from the criminal code.
A close friend gave her shelter — but then explained she would have to earn her keep, by working as a prostitute.
Once she has finished her sentence, Pamela says, she will go back to prostitution. Lindita Cela joined the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania in September 2015.
She previously worked for several national print and TV outlets.
It ruled in favour of keeping Article 113 of the criminal code, which specifies that prostitution is an offence punishable by a fine or up to three years in prison.
Anti-trafficking experts argue Article 113 is a great help to traffickers and pimps.