A CRACKDOWN on illegal sales will be enforced across Torremolinos this coming summer with La Carihuela and El Bajondillo in particular expected to be targeted by the taxman’s ire. The measures will take effect over Easter as police plan to sharpen their protocol by the time the summer deluge of tourists grips the resort areas.
The initiative was presented amid great fanfare as council representatives from as far afield as Benalmadena, businessmen, and National Police officers gathered to hear safety councillor Carlos Barranco make the announcement.
Key elements will be an increase in vigilance patrols and an enhanced focus on the shadowy networks behind supplying the pirate goods, rather than simply on the vendors plying their trade.
Men and women selling illegal or counterfeit goods is part and parcel of the Costa del Sol experience as they forge a living satisfying the demand of jubilant tourists for a holiday bargain in a familiar scene played out every day across the world.
The illicit entrepreneurship does, however, provoke outrage among business owners who sell similar goods and also pay taxes. Pressure from businessmen and councillors force the police to enforce local tax laws by clamping down on the vendors.