Malaga gets own ‘red light’ district

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PROSTITUTES in Malaga have been ‘given’ an area where they can ply their trade without police interference. The plot of land, which is in the same area of the Guadalhorce Industrial Estate in Malaga where they currently work, does not breach municipal regulations. Malaga City Hall is improving the plot by fixing up access routes and installing bins, so everything points to a definitive solution for the city’s ‘working girls’.

A local law passed six months ago made it illegal for them to carry out their activities within 200 metres from schools, homes or businesses.

In the months following the new laws, many prostitutes complained they were being “persecuted” by police and “given no alternatives”.

Bobby Dayal, runs a company in the Guadalhorce Industrial Estate is skeptical.

He says the prostitutes are not using new plot, “they are still standing at the same places they normally do to attract customers. They are always there. It’s not good for business.”

The women, many of them living in Spain illegally, have created the Association for Women, Transsexuals, Transvestites and Sex Workers in Spain, the first of its kind in Malaga Province.

They intend to request grants to provide hygiene facilities and condoms, as well as carrying out talks and training courses which can help to get them off the streets.

Malaga City hall has already approved a programme to improve the conditions of women working in the sex trade, with a budget of €350,000.

Prostitution in Spain exists in a legal limbo, not being legal or illegal. It is however illegal for third parties such as brothels, to profit from prostitution.

Meanwhile, on the nearby Azucarera Industrial Estate, an establishment advertised as a ‘hotel’, which according to neighbours is a brothel, was prevented from opening by police.

Thirty women were in the premises at the time.

It planned to open with porn actress Maria Lapiedra as the star of the inauguration.

The sole reason for the closure was because when the industrial warehouse was given planning permission to be converted into a ‘hotel’ the project included paving the area outside the door, but the ‘Sala Blue’ planned to open without having done so.

When the Urban Planning Department carried out an inspection into this, they also found that unauthorized work had been carried out inside.

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