Pimps’ money will go to victims

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Flickr, Ministerio del Interior 2015

ALL income from goods confiscated from sex traffickers will be allocated to help their victims. The value reached €23 million last year.

This new measure, put forward by the Ministry Board of the Spanish Government under the title ‘Integral Plan Against Sexual Trafficking’, will be implemented between 2015 and 2018. The plan will have a total budget of €104 million.

The ‘Recuperation and Management of Capital Office’ will be in charge of receiving the funds from seized goods. The office is a new concept to be created in the coming weeks, according to Government Vice-President, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, who appeared at a press conference to announce the news on September 18.

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“This plan is aimed at giving a full solution to one of the worst modern means of slavery,” said Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, Alfonso Alonso, who added: “This problem is often times concealed behind neon lights, but we can no longer look elsewhere.”

Prostitution alone represents 0.35 per cent of the total gross domestic product, according to the National Statistics Institute, which translates into €3.7 billion.

The new plan will allocate all money confiscated from traffickers and their patrimony to the counselling and reparation of victims.

The plan counts on 143 new measures including awareness and prevention campaigns to promote intolerance against human trafficking.

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