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Is Spain Becoming ‘The Whorehouse of Europe’?

A Barcelona-based career development course for aspiring prostitutes has outraged Spanish activists who say positive media coverage of the event could see Spain becoming “the whorehouse of Europe”. The four-hour, €45 ($61) course was organized by sex worker Conxa Borrel of the non-government organization Aprosex organization on February 22nd. Its stated aim was to help prostitutes […]

A group of men in red and white robes stroll through the reception area. Women in high heels sit at the bar in a haze of cigarette smoke, chatting to clients and laughing. This is Paradise, in Stuttgart, Germany – one of the largest brothels in Europe. And it’s legal. Built at a cost of […]

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In Davos, “shaping new models” is a popular theme for global change at the annual World Economic Forum gathering but on the margins of the event getting under way on Wednesday “shapely new models” are apparently also being sought. The forum, bringing together presidents, prime ministers, monarchs, corporate tycoons, boffins and Hollywood actors, is also […]

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Country held up as model for reform across Europe after targeting the men who pay for sex. Kajsa Wahlberg remembers well the reaction when she helped lead efforts to introduce Sweden’s now-famous laws criminalising the purchase of sex. “It had enormous interest. People were laughing in 1999 at Sweden and saying it can’t be done. A […]

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The proposed law would fine customers $2,000 and decriminalize prostitutes in an effort to curb human trafficking. France’s lower house of parliament has passed a bill that will decriminalize prostitutes and fine their customers in an attempt to fight human trafficking networks. The proposed law would introduce $2,000 fines for customers and decriminalise an estimated 20,000 plus prostitutes in […]

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