By Salim Yunusa

Spain could outlaw prostitution after its prime minister pledged to ban it in the country.

 

Speaking to supporters at the end of his Socialist Party’s three-day congress in Valencia, Pedro Sanchez said the practice “enslaves” women.

 

The industry has boomed since it was decriminalised in 1995 and estimates suggest that about 300,000 women work in the sex industry in Spain.

 

During a gender-based and sexual violence demonstration in 2018, protestors opposed a union supporting sexual workers

 

In 2016 the United Nations estimated that Spain’s sex industry was worth €3.7bn (£3.1bn).

 

A survey in 2009 found that one in three men had paid for sex, but another report in the same year suggested the figure was almost 40%.

 

A 2011 UN study found Spain was the third biggest centre for prostitution globally, behind Thailand and Puerto Rico.

 

Sexual exploitation and pimping are illegal in Spain.

 

Culled from Sky News

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