ACTION taken by Benalmadena Council to stop perverts having sex on a local beach has been declared a firm success.
Residents of properties above Las Yucas Beach in Benalmadena Costa say they are relieved to finally be able to enjoy a normal life.
The incident of people engaging in ‘dogging’, sexual acts in public places, or watching others do so, has decreased by 95 per cent, according to the local police.
For years this beach had become a popular meeting place for people engaging in ‘dogging’, it even appeared on websites promoting locations for the activity, with people travelling all over the Costa del Sol to meet and have sex with strangers.
The properties above this beach are luxury apartments and people living there say they were not able to enjoy the beach due to these sex romps.
Many residents had stopped letting their children go down to the pool area which overlooked the beach as they did not want their children to get an eyeful.
After years of residents trying to get the police and town hall to do something about the situation, in January, Benalmadena Council installed cameras and signs by the entry point to Las Yucas, prohibiting nudism and sexual activity on the beach. People caught breaking the rules face fines of up to €3,000.
There has been “such a difference” since these measures were taken, says Ana Boss who has lived for more than six years in La Sirena apartment building, overlooking the beach.
“It is fantastic not to have to see naked men having sex when I look out at the beach. We can now lead a normal life. It is lovely and quite.”
Ana has only seen someone naked on the beach “once”.
The ‘five per cent’ who continue their sexual activities despite the risk of hefty fines are “addicts”, says deputy mayor Juan Olea.
“It is very difficult to stop them,” he said, pointing out that they often engage in ‘dogging’ around midday or between 5pm and 7pm, in broad daylight, not caring if they can be seen or if they are fined.
By Nicole Hallett