New law could take sex trade off the streets

5th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

5 May 2006, BARCELONA — A new law could take prostitution off the streets in Catalonia and set up a legal framework for the sex trade.

5 May 2006

BARCELONA — A new law could take prostitution off the streets in Catalonia and set up a legal framework for the sex trade.

It would allow prostitutes to set up their own cooperatives and ply their trade in their own homes.

Street walkers would be banned and brothels would be tightly controlled by the authorities.

It would make the north-east region of Catalonia the first area in Spain to set up a legal framework for prostitutes to provide their own framework.

The draft legislation has attracted criticism from women's groups.

But groups representing sex workers hope it would end the legal limbo surrounding prostitution in Spain.

It is not illegal to be a prostitute, but it is illegal to earn money from prostitution.

Brothel owners earn a 'rent' from sex workers for using rooms to get round the law.

The Catalan bill, which could be passed before the end of the year, would not legalise prostitution.

But it would police it more carefully with more rules and regulations.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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