Spain in search of human trafficking eradication model

LEGISLATIVE MODEL: According to the UN, Spain is the most prolific country for users of prostitution in Europe. Photo: Shutterstock

SPAIN is looking at creating a legislative model to combat human trafficking and prostitution.

It is estimated that in Europe there are some 140,000 people who have been forced into prostitution, with the Spanish government estimating that in Spain alone there are some 14,000 prostitutes, although some of those engage in the work voluntarily.

In fact, it is estimated that 80% of those people who work as prostitutes are victims of sexual exploitation, and 94% are women.

According to data from the United Nations, Spain is the most prolific country for users of prostitution in Europe, and is third globally, behind Thailand and Puerto Rico.

With no definitive model in place to tackle the problem, the government is now meeting to draft a bill which aims to eradicate exploitation whilst still protecting the rights of those who work in the sector.

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