Buyer’s Remorse

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The Spanish municipality Gavà will work with neighbouring towns of Viladecans and Castelldefels to adopt the Swedish system for eradicating street prostitution; targeting the buyer not the seller.

New measure has been set in place to extend the criminalisation of buying sex on the street. The same model has also been followed by Iceland Norway and Canada with great success.

Instead of the person being fined on the spot when captured by the police negotiating a price for sex, which carries no record of the offence. The fine will be posted to the persons address hoping to discourage them from future attempts withdrawing the financial support of the sex worker.

Even if the person insists on paying up front a notice will be sent to their home as a record and confirmation of the payment and offence.

Fines will be bumped up to €750 for being caught soliciting or negotiating with a prostitute and as much as €3,000 in the areas close to a school or children’s playground.

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