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Spanish sex club house owners, workers protest prostitution bill

MADRID — Protesters together with brothel house owners and sex workers demonstrated Monday in entrance of the Spanish Parliament over a bill that will penalize prostitution prospects and sex club house owners or pimps with sentences as much as 4 years in jail.

The bill backed by the ruling left-wing PSOE occasion proposes broadening the definition of pimping, not making the exploitation of a prostitute needed however a mere commerce relation. For the primary time in Spain, it will additionally penalize prospects.

Demonstrators wore face masks and used shiny crimson umbrellas to hide their identities.

“We ask the socialist party to withdraw the bill, that implies an actual abolition of prostitution and condemns us to work underground,” stated Susana Pastor, the president of the Platform towards Abolition. She owns an residence in Valencia the place ladies lease rooms to supply sexual companies.

“I came here today to protect my job,” stated one demonstrator, Sandra, a single mom who has performed sex work for 12 years.

But the brand new sex employee union Otras did not again Monday’s protest as a result of sex club house owners organized it.

“They do not take care of sex workers’ rights in any respect,” Otras secretary general Concha Borrell told The Associated Press.

Borrell demands legal contracts for sex workers and estimates there are around 200,000 in Spain.

Both Otras and sex business owners deny the government’s official data that 90% of the sex work in the country is forced. Police say 491 victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation were rescued in Spain in 2021.

On a European level, the European Parliament estimates there are up to 180,000 trafficking victims exploited in prostitution and the industry generates 10.8 billion euros ($10.9 billion) a year in the bloc.

Spain is considered one of the laxest legal frames for prostitution in Europe, only punishing when exploitation or abuse can be proven. The proposed bill would punish both clients and enablers. It still needs to pass through parliament.

Spain has also recently forbidden the advertising of prostitution.

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This story corrects the EU determine to 10.8 billion euros, not million, a year.

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