Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has promised to ban prostitution in Spain, where prostitution is legal.
According to the BBC’s report on the 17th (local time), Prime Minister Sanchez made the above claim to supporters in a speech at the Social Labor National Convention in Valencia, saying that “prostitution enslaves women”.
In Spain, prostitution was illegal in the past, but it was legalized in 1995. After that, there are no special restrictions on prostitution, and there are no special penalties unless you openly engage in prostitution in public places or mediate prostitutes and buyers.
According to the UN announcement in the past, the size of the prostitution market in Spain in 2016 was 3.7 billion euros (about 5.76 trillion won), which is very large. Another UN study ranked Spain as the world’s third-largest prostitution market after Thailand and Puerto Rico.
It is also estimated that around 300,000 women are engaged in prostitution in Spain. A 2009 survey also found that 1 in 3 Spanish men had purchased sex.
Prime Minister Sanchez made a promise to ban prostitution in the 2019 general election. This has won the attention and support of many female voters. However, after two years of not proposing any legislation after the election, he officially announced the end of prostitution in his speech at the national convention.