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PSOE registers criminal code reform to prosecute prostitution clients

Following the day of the marathon, which yesterday hosted the Equality Commission, which was able to make an extreme save on the “Only Yes is Yes” law, the PSOE on Thursday registered a bill in Congress that would include content on prostitution in the Penal Code. A change was made, which he decided to withdraw at the last minute. The party, which has pledged to abolish prostitution in recent months, is also incorporating a new article that was not previously in its proposal: prosecuting clients.

The proposal, which is due to be considered in plenary, provides for fines ranging from 12 to 24 months for those who “consent to sexual activity in exchange for money or other economic benefits”. If the prostitute is a minor or “vulnerable”, the text states, imprisonment from one to three years and a fine of 24 to 48 months. “Under no circumstances will a person who is in a state of prostitution be sanctioned,” he added.

The Socialists explain in the initiative that “people who turn to prostitution” are “directly involved in this serious violation of human rights” and “are a condition for the possibility of its origin.”

In addition, they offer restitution to third parties and aggravation of the crime of involuntary pimping. A locative third party is a figure removed from the 1973 Criminal Code (repealed in 1995) to punish building owners who “normally” advocate “exploiting another person’s prostitution,” even with consent. It was a proposal that the government reinstated under the “Only Yes is Yes” law, but the PSOE abolished the promise that there would be exploitation of prostitution by others to persecute the building’s owners, and that it would suffice to “promote, favor” them. Or promote ”implementation of the same. And with the same non-compulsive pimp.

What happened to the law

The bill, which will be put to a vote in plenary session of Congress next week, failed this Wednesday in the Equality Commission because of these two provisions, which take up almost no more than 50 pages. . And that is that the change proposed by the PSOE to tighten them did not please United We Can or the government partners, who directly rejected them on the grounds that they could harm the women themselves. The possibility that the amendment would come out with PP approval was on the table, but Alberto Nunez Feijo’s refusal to fully support the opinion would lead to its rejection.

In this scenario, the PSOE decided at the last minute to make the amendment and thus ensure that the rule could be extended. He eventually garnered votes in favor of all groups except PP and Vox. In addition, articles related to prostitution were removed from the text, which caused so much controversy. That is what most of the parties demanded from the outset with the changes introduced by Ciudadanos and the ERC, JxCAT, Bildu, CUP, PNV and En Comú Podem.

The discomfort among the Socialists was palpable this Wednesday after what happened. “Either you are for or against prostitution, or you are for or against the protection of women who are victims of sexual exploitation,” said Adriana Lastra, who pointed directly to United We Can for the ongoing internal debate. This issue.

Source: El Diario





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