Spain’s Prime Minister Vows To Make Prostitution Illegal


Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has pledged to make prostitution in the country illegal.



Speaking at the end of his Socialist Party’s three-day congress in Valencia, Sanchez said that the practice enslaves women. As per current Spanish law, those who offer paid sexual services of their own will are not punished so long as the act does not occur publicly.


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Back in 2019, Sanchez’ election manifesto published a vow to outlaw prostitution, remarking that it is ‘one of the cruellest aspects of the feminisation of poverty and one of the worst forms of violence against women’.



According to the BBC, the move to make prostitution illegal comes after significant concerns were raised about the potential for women to be trafficked into sex work growing in Spain in recent years.


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Back in 2017, in raids carried out by the Spanish police force, 13,000 women were identified. At least 80% of these women were being exploited against their will by a third party, which is currently illegal in Spain.


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