Spanish PM vows to criminalise sex work because it ‘enslaves women’

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez vowed to criminalize sex work in the country because the practice “enslaves women”.

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“A commitment emerges from this Congress that I will implement. We will move forward by ending prostitution, which enslaves women,” the left-wing prime minister said at the closing ceremony of his Socialist Party’s three-day congress in Valencia on Sunday.

Sex work was made illegal in Spain in 1995, even though sexual abuse and pimping remain illegal. This profession, although unregulated, has since flourished with a growing number of brothels across the country.


Women are not prosecuted for their choice of profession, but are denied government-mandated benefits and guaranteed minimum wages.

The United Nations (UN) in its 2011 report ranked Spain as the world’s third largest sex work capital after Thailand and Puerto Rico. The United Nations estimates that the country’s sex industry was worth £3.1bn.

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A recent report suggests that Spain’s domestic sex work industry, which employs an estimated 300,000 women, £19.30bn . adds about For the once declining economy of the country.

According to a 2009 survey by the country’s state-owned Center for Social Investigation (CIS), one in three men in Spain has paid for sex at least once in their lives.

However, this is not the first time the prime minister has vowed to outlaw sex work. Ahead of the Spanish general elections in 2019, Mr Sánchez’s party, in its election manifesto, pledged to criminalize sex work to woo more female voters.

The Socialist Party manifesto called sex work “one of the most brutal aspects of the feminization of poverty and one of the worst forms of violence against women”.

The party also proposed cracking down on agencies conducting surrogacy, a practice banned in Spain, which it claims: “undermines the rights of women, in particular, the most vulnerable, to their bodies and reproductive functions.” By treating it as business.”

Although it’s been nearly two years since Sanchez took office, the government has yet to enact a law banning sex work.

The Prime Minister’s cry for a ban on sex work stems from the growing issue of human trafficking due to the legal void. In 2019, at least 250 individuals were identified as victims of sex trafficking, according to the report.

In Spain, up to 90 percent of sex workers are reportedly under the control of organized crime networks and Mostly smuggled from other countries. Most sex workers in the 1980s were Spanish, but today the vast majority of sex industry women are immigrants from Latin America, Eastern Europe or Africa.


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