Spanish Politicians Try to Outlaw Consensual Sex Work, Including Porn

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What is it that some people have against sex and especially they are against other people having sex in a way that they don’t like?   I don’t get it.   I have lived in countries where prostitution was legal and regulated, which made it safe and available for everyone.  I live in the US now where sex is repressively regulated making prostitution illegal which translates to it being unsafe for both the sex workers and the clients.   By making sex illegal it introduces a criminal element into it, sex workers cannot report misuse / abuse to authorities as they are subject to punishment themselves.   Also it leads to an extremely frustrated segment of the population who resort to calling themselves incels.   I really don’t understand the motive of these anti-sex people.   What is wrong with consensual sex between adults?  Really the idea is it feels great and builds bonds.   And if a certain way of having sex is icky or yucky to you, don’t do that type of sex.   But why do these people feel they have the right to tell everyone else what sex to have, when, and with who?  I really don’t understand.   But I do notice again these anti-sex people have to fall back on tropes to make their proposals seem more reasonable than dictatorial.  We have to protect the vulnerable, we have to protect the kids, we have to stop trafficking, we have to stop pimping … and so on.   But they never mention the truth is that legalized sex work lowers crime in sex work, gives the vulnerable an economic way to advance themselves, gives the workers freedom to report abuses against them, removes the profit for illegal activities.   A progressive attitude about sex leads to a healthier people and country.  Anyway.  Give it a read and let me know how you feel about consensual sex.    
Spanish Politicians Try to Outlaw Consensual Sex Work, Including Porn

MADRID — Spanish sex workers and adult industry figures are sounding the alarm about a proposed new law, supported by politicians from both the ruling and opposition parties, aiming to outlaw all forms of paid sex work — including commercial pornography.

Last week, the ruling Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, known as PSOE, introduced a proposal for an “abolitionist law against sexual exploitation,” something that had been included in the party’s platform.

But the draft includes a new section, 187, which explicitly outlaws audiovisual productions, magazines or internet content deemed “pornographic,” the El Español newspaper reported yesterday.

Prominent politicians within PSOE, which took power in 2019 after several years of conservative rule under the Partido Popular, have taken up the abolition of sex work as their personal cause. These include the party’s General Vice-Secretary Adriana Lastra, who last month took to the press to promote a change in the Spanish penal code to mandate up to three years of jail time for anyone paying for sex.

Lastra framed the effort as an attempt to reach out to the right, saying she hoped both the conservative PP and the left-wing minority alliance, Unidas Podemos, would vote for it. 

The proposed legislation would revive the crimes of “proxenetism,” meaning pimping or pandering, and “tercería locativa”  or brothel keeping. Both were removed from the penal code in 1995 by a previous Socialist administration.

The language used by the PSOE exclusively uses the Spanish feminine “prostituta,” which is both stigmatizing and criminalizing, and also essentializes sex work as a female occupation.

The law also conflates legal minors with the much vaguer “persons in situation of vulnerability,” which could be deployed by authorities to apply to whomever they wish.

A Left-Right Alliance to Re-Criminalize Consensual Sex Work

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has actively campaigned for “the abolition of prostitution,” including during the most recent PSOE convention, in Valencia last October.

Last month, PSOE attempted to sneak the new criminalization provision into a popular “Sólo Sí Es Sí” (“Only Yes Means Yes”) sexual consent law. A last-minute amendment outlawing sex work was requested by the conservative PP and Sánchez negotiated to slap it onto that much less controversial law, behind the backs of the minority parties that are part of his legislative alliance.

However, those parties — Unidas Podemos, ERC and Bildu — threatened to “vote against the entire ‘Sólo Sí Es Sí’ law if it included the PP-driven anti-sex-work amendment,” government sources leaked to the press.

PSOE decided to remove the amendment and reintroduce the abolitionist reform on its own. The ruling party also has shown a strange desire to rush the process “as soon as possible,” government sources confirmed to El Español.

Lastra told the press that Spain “must be a dignified country” and cannot continue “turning a blind eye to this grave violation of human rights.”

According to the PSOE, anyone who opposes to the party’s extreme Nordic Model reform is on the side of the “exploitation of women” and against “human rights.”

Noted Industry Voices Erika Lust, Paulita Pappel Speak Out Against the Law

Noted Swedish-Spanish adult filmmaker, producer and studio owner Erika Lust took to Twitter today to sound the alarm about the impending government attempt to ban all sex work, including adult performance.

“This International Sex Workers Day, I want to take the opportunity to express my unconditional support to all sex performers currently based in Spain, where the government is once again threatening their safety with prohibitionist bills that claim to ‘protect their rights,’” Lust tweeted.

Noting that the PSOE’s proposed reform “calls for the abolition of all forms of making a profit from the prostitution of others, including porn production,” Lust warned that “it would not matter whether the practice is carried out under exploitation — banned under current law — or if it is independent labor, with consent from all parties involved, following ethical production standards.

“What is presented as an effort to stop exploitation and violence in defense of human rights, in particular women’s rights, ends up being the main source of violence, precariousness and lack of protection for all sex workers — who are already vulnerable as it is,” the Barcelona-based feminist filmmaker continued.

Lust added that “if the government really cares about women’s rights, they should ask how women are treated in the porn industry. Are these women entirely in charge of their own careers? How can we guarantee the basic labor rights of sex workers?”

She quoted fellow pornographer and FSC Europe activist, Spanish-born Paulita Pappel, in noting that “sex work is only safe when it is decriminalized, and pornography is artistic expression and thus a right under freedom of speech.”

By condemning the porn industry “without taking all of these aspects into account, this bill only reinforces the stigma on sex workers and confuses sex work with sex trafficking,” Lust concluded.

Pappel herself issued an impassioned video through her social media explaining the background of the government’s attack on consensual sex work and urging support for the voices of actual sex workers and adult industry stakeholders.

Main Image: Spain’s self-described ‘prostitution abolitionist’ Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez

2 thoughts on “Spanish Politicians Try to Outlaw Consensual Sex Work, Including Porn

  1. Well, then. Reads like that guy needs a laxative and looser shoes.
    Other people’s consensual sex is none of my business, but in general I also think that if people got laid more often, they’d be nicer to each other.

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    1. Hello Ali. You are so correct. I wish that could be put on billboards all over the nation, just as you said it. It is none of my business unless I am invited to join in, and sometimes that was fun. But seriously I wonder at people who spend so much of their time thinking about what other people are doing for sex. Really. I see people all the time and I never think “Gee what are they doing sexually”? I have seen some bodies I admire, but that is different. I never think “God I hope that person has sex the way I do or the way my god would like”. That is nuts, and I worry about people who do that. Also you are correct and all science shows it is true, that sexual release even done solo is good for people and calming. It should be required of teenagers; they might be easier to live with. 😀😃😄 Hugs

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