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A business that moves five million euros a year, with 45,000 prostituted women, more than 70% of them sexually exploited by hundreds of pimps (there were more than 1,600 arrests between 2017 and 2020 for this crime, according to the Ministry of the Interior), a world so complex that it has remained throughout the history of Spain in a situation of absolute illegality and the PSOE presents four pages, with the modification of two articles of the Penal Code (187 and 187 b), to combat it. “Pimping is incompatible with our democracy,” summed up the Group’s proud spokesperson, Adriana Lastra.

The deputy general secretary of the PSOE has been in charge of giving voice in the plenary session of the Congress of Deputies to the bill that wants to modify the Penal Code of 1995 and “prohibit pimping in all its forms” because “it does not there is no woman who freely engages in prostitution,” he said.

In a very curious way, the socialist strategy to overshadow a future processing of the Trafficking Law of the Ministry of Equality, which is already drafted, aroused a alliance game parliamentary meetings diametrically opposed to other occasions. Vox advanced that it would not oppose the processing of the proposal, nor would the PP, as it had advanced the day before. The deputies Cuca Gamarra and Marta González linked their affirmative vote to the “will to move forward” and to take “a decisive step” in the fight against a scourge that has lasted too long.

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It is also striking that Podemos, which is experiencing a strong internal pulse on this issue in its ranks and whose party has the powers that the PSOE tries to attribute to itself with this rule, does not oppose it. Call instead to design a state pact against pimping, similar to that of Gender Violence. But proof of the convulsion that the confrontation between regulationist and abolitionist positions generates within the purple formation is the Catalan confluence En Comú Podem, which has had to give freedom to vote to its deputies agitated by the divergence of criteria. Only Ismael Cortés will support the norm. The remaining six, no, because the PSOE “is turning its back on many women and does not face the debate with courage.”

Among the criticisms, Joseba Andoni Agirretxea (PNV) particularly stung Lastra. He summarized the struggle of PSOE and Podemos to stay with the feminist flag with the duplicity of laws against trafficking: “Where is the Equality rule, stored in a drawer of the socialist ministries of Justice and Interior?” .

PP and Vox allow the norm to continue, which collides head-on with the Trafficking Law that has a list of Podemos

The rest of the government partners of the PSOE charged against the “revanchist” spirit of a party that has already governed several times in Spain and that did nothing to get rid of sexual exploitation in the streets and in more than 1,500 brothels.

The PNV parliamentarian crossed out the four pages of the socialist proposal as a “tantrum.” In the spirit of all the spokespersons was what happened in the last Equality Commission, when the PSOE wanted to paralyze the ‘law of only yes is yes’ of Podemos with an amendment to penalize the owners of premises and prostitution flats (which is called locative third party). The PSOE, ordered by all its partners to withdraw their support if it did not eliminate the amendment, finally turned around and allowed the law of consent to go ahead.

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Socialists Propose Raising Punishments for Pimps and Fining Clients, But Won’t Touch Porn

The party whose leader promised at the last federal congress of the party to end prostitution in the country has synthesized its abolitionist code with three measures: penalize clients, penalize prostitutes and protect victims. «Our proposal has the body of law, the soul of the pact. It is a country proposal. Without prostitutes, there would be no trafficking,” Lastra said.

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Lastra specified that, unlike what had been leaked, the socialist proposal will not regulate access to pornography for minors nor will it prohibit the production of high-voltage erotic content for cinema or the Internet. For the PNV, Grupo Plural, ERC and Bildu, it is precisely what makes it something very reduced and simplistic, a “revenge” of “punitive feminism”, Agirretxea criticized, because the law does not contain a cohort of measures for the reparation of victims of trafficking and exploitation or accompaniment, but only punishments.

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It was without a doubt the one that ignited the debate the most by criticizing the hypocrisy of PSOE-UP because, it launched: «Are we interested in the consent of a woman but are we not going to ask a sex worker for consent?». In a debate that was rough, Giménez defended that, although they are the fewest, there are sex workers (of both sexes) who do it voluntarily and who are going to be criminalized by this rule. For Giménez, the PSOE confuses ‘ad hoc’ two debates: the fight against trafficking and sex work and does so precisely because it does not enjoy the powers of Equality. “Your proposal is nothing more than a legislative patch full of morality and paternalism,” said the orange deputy. «It is compatible to combat trafficking and respect the free exercise of an activity. For this law they are going to count on the conservatives, and the more puritanical left, but not on the liberals », she announced.

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