The Plenary of Congress has rejected this Thursday the amendment to the totality proposed by the CUP to the law promoted by the PSOE to criminally prosecute pimping and punish prostitution clients, for which it continues its parliamentary path with the Popular Party as the main ally.
Prostitution reopens the crack in the Government for the equality policy
The CUP amendment, which proposed an alternative text to, among other things, incorporate “sex work” in the heading of special jobs of the Workers’ Statute, has had the votes against the PSOE, the PP, United We Can (with the exception of En Comú Podem) and Vox, the abstention of the PNV and the support of ERC, En Comú Podem, Ciudadanos, Junts and PDeCAT.
The law was already taken into consideration before the summer with a staging of breaking blocks, to the point of, like this Thursday, opening cracks in the usual parliamentary balances. In fact, there is no party, except the popular ones, that is totally favorable to the socialist text, which from United We Can believe that it can cause greater vulnerability to women who practice prostitution.
“His thing is not honest abolitionism, it is abolitionism for electoral purposes,” Mireia Vehí, defender of the CUP amendment, told the PSOE to criticize the fact that their proposal does not “touch” the Immigration Law to regularize these women. A position that has also been defended by Pilar Vallugera, from ERC, who has said that she is closer to that text than to the PSOE’s bill, which she has accused of “looking the other way” on this issue in the last ten years.
In United We Can, where the proposal generates division, they are committed to giving the victims “alternatives”, said the deputy Sofía Castañón, while Joseba Agirretxea, from the PNV, has stressed that “criminalization is not the way to end this problem ”. At the same time, the Basque formation disagrees with some aspects raised by the CUP and has chosen to propose a subcommission for the study of prostitution from all angles, which gives “a truthful diagnosis” of the situation and, later, legislate accordingly.
Facing criticism, the socialist deputy Laura Berja has affirmed that those who vote in favor of the CUP amendment are “publicly whitewashing” pimping and the entire pimp industry. And he has described the text of the Catalan independence formation as “a scandal” and “an absurdity” because it starts from the premise that prostitution is a job: “It is not, there is no employment relationship in the sexual exploitation of women” , has abounded.
For its part, the PP has maintained support for the socialist proposal. “This debate is not about whether women who practice prostitution should join Social Security, it is about rights,” said Deputy Miguel Ángel Jerez.
The norm is a reform of the Penal Code to “prohibit pimping in all its forms” that was registered by the PSOE on May 19, after being left alone defending the introduction of these articles in the so-called ‘only yes is yes’ law , who was saved in extremis. In practice, the Socialists, who have promised to abolish prostitution, propose to toughen the punishment for non-coercive pimping, fine clients and introduce the figure of third-party locative to persecute the owners of the premises. All this without the need for exploitation of the prostitution of others and regardless of the consent of the prostitutes.