Prostitution is 'de facto legal' and normalized on the internet

Prostitution is ‘de facto legal’ and normalized on the internet

sexistwith patriarchal attitude and frequent pornography consumer some characteristics of the person applying for prostitution, undergoing a profound digital transformation in the last decade and It can be considered “de facto legal” in Spain due to the normalization of its Internet presence.

This was stated in an interview with EFE by a professor of Sociology at the University of Valencia. antonio arinowho in your book Prostitution in the Valencian Community (Tirant Lo Blanch) offers a sociological view of this phenomenon and analyzes the characteristics of a ‘very long-standing historical institution’. and is largely supported by victims of trafficking in women.

despite the mail only if yes, no special reference to the last law, Ariño, who thinks that advertisements promoting prostitution are illegal, states that they are examining the effect on the decrease or disappearance of some services offered by different platforms over the internet.

According to that, Prostitution in Spain can be classified as a “legal” practice, however on the Internet, where there is ‘blocking of language’ and ‘progress in the objectification of bodies without the slightest self-control and self-control’it becomes a ‘normal and tolerated’ phenomenon that turns into a ‘practical legalization’.

According to Ariño, in the last decadeprostitution has undergone a profound transformation due to the proliferation of smartphones and the ubiquity of internet access, with new forms of organization that make it more mobile and dispersed, but above all around “more invisible and more normalized” platforms.

“The Internet has increased exponentially,” says the professor of sociology, explaining that in this migration there was a significant reduction in street prostitution – a large reduction and displacement towards apartments, with more scattering in the city. women’s mobility

this digital platforms allows for extensive development of digital marketing and in addition, direct broadcasting on the network (“webcam”) or the creation of forums for litigants.

Analysis of websites and platforms allowed Ariño to map advertisements, apartments, clubs, and agencies in Spain, as well as the services they offer, and confirm “the commoditative, macho, and offensive character that in many cases approaches prostitution.” pornography”.

He points out that during the pandemic, there was a “variety of strategies” to circumvent controls, and that there was practice of prostitution, although clubs had to be closed or “opened intermittently”. On the floors, however, it could not be brought under control and “physical contact was maintained and unprotected” against the coronavirus.

prostitution litigants

Although the exact figures for the number of applicants for prostitution are not known, Various studies show that between 4% and 10% of men may be between the ages of 20 and 55.

they are the majority men living alone and separated or divorced; they have a “discriminatory and macho” vision of women; and frequently consumes pornography.

Another of the data in the research, which Ariño stated that he wanted to go deeper due to the small sample size, is ideological orientation; when it comes to politics the majority of litigants are on the far left, and in religion the highest demand values ​​occur among non-practicing believers.

Oppressed and exploited women

Again There are no exact figures for women engaged in prostitution.It is estimated that there may be between 10,000 and 13,000 in the Community of Valencia, mostly between 25 and 34 years oldclearly lower than that of the applicants, and significant numbers of victims of trafficking from countries such as Nigeria, Romania or Colombia.

Arino emphasizes that Since the war started in Ukraine, they have observed “a certain increase” in the number of women from that country via the internet. she affirms that they engage in prostitution because they are “used by unscrupulous people in all situations of extreme need.”

this women engaged in prostitution occupying lower and lower positionscome from poor and vulnerable backgrounds, and when people are not trafficked, it often stems from the need for an economic means of livelihood.. “It ranges from phenomena of a lower social level to luxury prostitution,” she adds.

Possible solutions for prostitution

for Arino, “There are no magic formulas”. “There is nothing for almost all social phenomena, and even less for a phenomenon like this one, which is extraordinarily complex,” this professor notes. calls for both legal reforms and police action.

ANDCongress considers a PSOE bill to abolish prostitution punishing all forms of pimping and penalizing consumers.

In the Community of Valencia, in addition to the municipal ordinances already sanctioning, the Generalitat has proposed a number of regulatory changes and is working to implement the measures to punish the demand for prostitution along these lines and all those who exploit it. female victims.

“If anyone thinks an anti-slavery law will fix this in plis plas, go to France. And look, in 2016 an anti-slavery law was implemented and not abolished. If there are those who think that this can be solved by legalizing them, they should go to Germany or Amsterdam and see that it is not.“Ariño claims.

“What alternative will you offer these women? Who is it that comes from smuggling, has no documents and has to make a debt contract?” he wonders.

We have to save them from these mafias, provide shelter and introduce them to a training process. so they can find a job that they know is decent and that allows them to live an independent life”.

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