While Spanish prostitutes are generally able to market their trade without law interference, law enforcement still keeps an eye on their place in the grand scheme of public safety. In fact, the Telegraph reports that police in the Spanish town of Els Alamus in the area of Catalonia are cracking down in the name of traffic safety. Reflective vests are required for prostitutes who frequent the rural highway leading out of town. If sex workers are found on the street without fluorescent vests, they can be subject to a 40 euro ($55) fine.
Required reflective vests for some prostitutes
There is a lot of foot traffic on LL-11 road. This is why prostitutes are required to have reflective vests. Drivers are at risk with all the prostitutes on LL-11, according to Spanish authorities. This is why the Els Alamus prostitutes are in trouble, reports the Telegraph. It isn’t because of their profession. There is a 2004 Spanish law in effect stating that all pedestrians walking around major highways and hard shoulders are required to don highly visible garments in the interest of public safety.
There is ‘Danger on the public highway’
The reflective vests for prostitutes law has been enforced more recently, although the law has been around for six years. A Mossos d’Esquadra regional police force spokesman said, “In the past couple of months, the prostitutes have been fined for two reasons: for not wearing the reflective jacket and for creating danger on the public highway.”
Els Alamus mayor accused of driving sex workers away
Els Alamus just passed legislation about prostitution. This requires that urban areas be free of prostitutes’ business. There is a negative stance that Mayor Josep Maria Bea has that is opposed by many. Because of this, many think she is just trying to get at the prostitutes by enforcing the traffic safety laws. Considering that more than 300,000 Spanish prostitutes are estimated to be on the streets per the latest surveys, it will be interesting to see what effect the bright yellow prostitute vests have on business. There are already men, 1 in four actually, who admit to paying for sex. The Spanish men may not want it as much with the bright vests though.
The Telegraph: http://telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/8086050/Spanish-prostitutes-ordered-to-wear-reflective-vests-for-their-own-safety.html
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