CAMERAS WATCH FOR PROSTITUTES
Staff Reporter / 2010-12-30 10:17:30
Official figures estimate that between 300,000 and 500,000 women, mostly immigrants, are engaged in the practice of prostitution in Spain, and although it is neither legal, nor illegal, due to loopholes in the law, a number of councils are trying to combat a situation that many people consider to be an antisocial menace.
In a bid to do their bit in reducing street prostitution, the council of Formentera del Segura have placed surveillance cameras at roundabouts located in the neighborhood of Palacios, along the CV-860 road, at locations where prostitutes are often located. The campaign is an attempt to deter roadside pick-ups with threats of fines of up to 750 euro.
It is also thought that the presence of the cameras alone my deter clients, who may well be using the services of prostitutes without wanting to be found out.
The camera scheme has been approved by the government as part of neighbourhood security and surveillance campaigns, in a bid to keep neighbourhoods free from crime of any sort.
The camera scheme is also an extension of an existing campaign of awareness through posters about the potential problems that prostitutes are considered to bring, but this campaign was proved useless. Since the installation of the cameras however, there has been a significant decrease in prostitution in the area that was targeted.