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Spain Targets Sex Traffickers With Aid to Prostitutes


One of ten ‘eligible’ women is a sex worker. Is this a temporary spike or will it get ‘progressively’ worse?

Most prostitutes in Spain, like these photographed in Madrid in April, are persuaded to leave lives of hardship in South America, Africa and Eastern Europe with fake promises of work. | Photo - Cristina Arias, Getty Images; courtesy - aolnews.com .

Most prostitutes in Spain, like these photographed in Madrid in April, are persuaded to leave lives of hardship in South America, Africa and Eastern Europe with fake promises of work. | Photo - Cristina Arias, Getty Images; courtesy - aolnews.com .

Every day about 1.5 million Spaniards and foreigners pay for sex in the country’s cities and border regions, according to Malostratos, a Madrid-based group lobbying to outlaw prostitution.

Eighty percent of Spain’s 400,000 sex workers come from places including China, Romania and Latin America, many coerced by gangs, Equality Ministry figures show. In response, the government will bring into force measures on Jan. 1 to shelter and aid prostitutes who break away from traffickers. (via Bloomberg.com: News).

Not a gender issue - but a deeper systemic-societal design problem

Not a gender issue - but a deeper systemic-societal design problem

Slice and dice …

Now Spain has a population of 40 million people. There are a 13 million of these between the age of 15-64 years.

Assume that half of these 13 million are the right gender – that is 6.5 million women. Assume further that a quarter of these 6.5 million women cannot ‘qualify’ to become prostitutes due to age, health, infirmity, deformity, appearance, etc.

That leaves us with roughly 4 million ‘eligible’ candidates – of which 400,000, i.e. 10% of ‘eligible’ women are prostitutes.

Apparently, US Deptt. of Justice figures. Estimates are that Euro-US region has 4 million prostitutes - for less than 150 million males as the 'target' market.  |  Image by Abi Daker.

Apparently, US Deptt. of Justice figures. Estimates are that Euro-US region has 4 million prostitutes - for less than 150 million males as the 'target' market. | Image by Abi Daker.

Western propaganda

Spanish newspapers make good money in running ad-campaigns for prostitution services – and are reluctant to stop these ads.

Spain is a part of the EU, the Developed World, the OECD, etc., etc.

Makes one think …

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  1. October 17, 2011 at 3:21 am

    i wonder, what is preventing their government from prosecuting traffickers..
    and anurag.. do you have any thing to say with devadasis of pre-british india?

  2. October 17, 2011 at 5:10 am
    Remember the story from Netherlands of the boy who saved a town from flooding.

    - If it is a small hole in the dyke, you can put your finger in it, and stop the flow of water.
    - Prostitution is weapon in Govt hands.
    - Why assume that the Govt is not encouraging it.
    - Remember Malthus recommended prostitution as a useful ‘strategy’.

    Covered in my post here – http://goo.gl/bUKtF

    Devdasis

    - Were not prostitutes.
    - At least not in the meaning of modern usage –
    - Or the European context of 1850-1950.
    - They were trained entertainers,
    - More accomplished that even the Japanese geishas.
    - But in the pre-Independence India, there were some favorite British topics.
    - These ‘issues’ had to be addressed.
    - Devdasis was one such issue.

    - Like ‘dictatorships today.
    - Actually Mubarak in Egypt and the Tunisian dictators ran a rather ‘efficient’ governance system.
    - But ‘dictators’ have to go.
    - Democracy has to win.
    - Same story with devadasis.

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