Plans by American billionaire Sheldon Adelson to build a massive gambling complex in Madrid or Barcelona have fuelled the rivalry between the two cities. But they have also drawn criticism for the economic model the project would introduce to the winning city.
The Spanish government is planning to ban newspaper advertisements publicizing the services of prostitutes and brothels in a seemingly short-sighted approach to an age-old problem.
Spanish women have seen significant advances towards equality in recent years. With a government in power passing various laws to promote equality, progress has been made. But they still have one pending revolution: emotional independence.
Prostitutes may give off a “good vibe” in their place of work, but don’t be fooled: the harsh reality is anything but friendly, as a visit to a Madrid brothel made abundantly clear.
Spain’s unusual legal situation and permissive attitude to prostitution have made it home to a sprawling sex industry and large numbers of women-trafficking gangs. However, following the lead of other countries on this issue might not be the ideal solution.