Spanish PM Vows to Ban Prostitution

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced to criminalize prostitution on the final day of the three-day 40th Federal Congress of the Socialist Party (PSOE) in Valencia.

PSOE’s weekend congress was held at the Fira de Valencia conference center. Former party leaders graced the event which presented a show of unity within the party. Sanchez presented policy targets in order to overturn policies introduced by the conservative and populist Partido Popular (PP).

In his speech, Sanchez said, “We will move forward abolishing the prostitution that enslaves women.” 

The party pledged to abolish prostitution as it is a form of violence against women and children in its most recent framework paper. It indicated that prostitution is contrary to the party’s vision of gender equality.

Prostitution was decriminalized in Spain in 1995. Although it is not considered illegal, pimping is prohibited and punishable under the country’s criminal code as it borders exploitation and trafficking. 

The country’s estimated sex industry was worth  €3.7 billion ($4.2 billion), according to a UN study in 2016.

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