Spain begins processing a law to abolish prostitution

The bill on criminal prosecution for pimps and a fine for those who resort to prostitution in Spain will be addressed in Congress on the initiative of the Socialists from the Socialist Socialist Party and the support of the conservative Popular Party.

The PSOE initiative, which has now begun its journey in Congress, is restoring its goal of eliminating prostitution and, in keeping with the Swedish and French model, is expanding its reach to clients, with fines and even prison sentences if they are minors.

Conservative support was key to starting to address the law, which did not have the support of some left-wing groups supporting the progressive government led by socialist Pedro Sánchez in Congress.

This socialist initiative divided the hall between those who see prostitution as violence against women, a majority view shared by socialists and the “popular”, and those who advocate sexual freedom for those who practice it.

The socialist proposal has received countless criticism, especially for choosing a “punitive” approach that ignores the needs of victims, especially immigration reform that makes it easier to obtain visas.

Many of the prostitutes working in Spain are immigrants, who are in the country irregularly.

In Congress, Socialists spokeswoman Adriana Lastra noted that, according to Interior Ministry figures, there are 45,000 sexually exploited women in Spain, and called for a consensus to end impunity for pandering: “In a democracy, women are neither bought nor sold.”

The main support for the socialist group came from the conservative Labor Party, whose spokeswoman Marta Gonzalez emphasized her party’s willingness to cooperate in a social transformation compared to the end of slavery or the death penalty. The deputy defended, saying, “No woman freely engages in prostitution.”

United We Can chose this process, even though Representative Sophia Castagnon revealed multiple inconsistencies and advanced by amending the text to punish pandering linked to exploitation, reforming immigration law and repealing the article mandating fines for prostitutes.

Sources from the socialist group admitted that their initiative was “the maximum” and were open to studying all proposals.

Meanwhile, the left-wing and nationalist groups that usually support the government were divided between abstentions and no.

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