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Spain Targets Sex Traffickers With Aid to Prostitutes

December 22, 2008 4 comments

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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