Spain’s leftist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pledged on October 17 to “abolish” prostitution in the country, saying it “enslaves” women. The Socialist party’s three-day congress was taking place in Valencia and Pedro Sanchez during his speech at this time said that the government welcomes the plan which helped Spain “advance” tougher domestic violence laws and minimum wage hikes.
In 1995, Prostitution was decriminalized in Spain and in 2016 the UN estimated the country’s sex industry was worth €3.7bn (£3.1bn, $4.2bn). Prostitution is currently unrestricted in Spain, however, pimping or acting as a proxy between a sex worker and a potential client is illegal.
Those who offer paid sex services of their own free will has no punishment unless they are in public places, and instead, the laws are focused on combating human trafficking.
According to a 2009 survey, it was found that one in three men in Spain has paid for sex at least once in their lives. It is also estimated that around 300,000 women work as prostitutes in Spain.
According to reports, Spain’s PSOE party has published a manifesto and vowed to outlaw prostitution in a series of measures designed to appeal to female voters ahead of the general election on 28 April. However, the manifesto contrasted with claims by some right-wing parties that so-called “feminazis” are discriminating against men.
Concerns have grown around the prospective for women to be trafficked into sex work. Therefore, the latest pledge by Spanish PM thus noted that prostitution should be abolished in the country and said that the practice “enslaves” women.