The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez has promised on Sunday to abolish prostitution in the country.
Mr. Sanchez while speaking to supporters at the end of his Socialist Party’s three-day congress in Valencia, made comments concerning this development, stressing that the practice “enslaves” women, BBC reports.
In the time past, the UN estimated the Spain’s sex industry was worth €3.7bn (£3.1bn, $4.2bn) as prostitution was decriminalised in the country in 1995 and in 2016.
The business in the country has a significant history, based on the statistics, a 2009 survey found that up to 1 in 3 Spanish men had paid for sex.
According to a 2011 UN study, it was cited that Spain is the third biggest centre for prostitution in the world, behind Thailand and Puerto Rico. In 2009, the report published suggested that the figure may be as high as 39%.
Other interesting features that have been discovered in Spain at the moment in that is that, there no punishment for those who offer paid sexual services of their own will as long as it does not take place in public spaces, even as whoredom is currently unregulated in the country.
But, what has been tagged as illegal is pimping or acting as a proxy between a sex worker and a potential client.
Interestingly, the industry which 300,000 women work as prostitutes has boomed since its decriminalisation.