Prostitutes may be paid 'salary' to give up trade
9 February 2006, MADRID — The Spanish government is considering paying prostitutes a 'salary' if they give up the trade.
9 February 2006
MADRID — The Spanish government is considering paying prostitutes a 'salary' if they give up the trade.
Jesús Caldera, minister of work and social affairs, told parliament the administration is studying the possibility of paying those prostitutes who have problems getting work EUR 432 a month.
But he avoided questions about whether the administration was legalising the trade.
Instead Caldera said each region was free to adopt any initiative which they choose.
This was a reference to Catalonia, where the regional government has recently started to fine prostitutes who work in the street.
It is preparing a law applicable only in this region to regulate those street walkers.
The aim is to police their work more closely and get them to operate in state-run brothels.
Caldera said his plan, if implemented, would apply to women or men over 45, who would be paid a 'salary' for up to 11 months.
The plan is designed to get prostitutes back working in regular employment and to stop immigrants falling into this trade.
Many street prostitutes are immigrants who have no legal right to work in Spain.
The Catalan plan is opposed by the national government opposes, which claims it would partly legalise the trade.
Caldera said the priority of his government was to eliminate the trade in sex slaves who are brought to Spain and forced to work as prostitutes.
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Subject: Spanish news