I'd like to comment on the controversy regarding the increasing street crime in Magalluf.
Whilst I agree that the council needs to take decisive action before the situation gets out of hand, I'd like to point out that these crimes are NOT being committed by prostitutes, rather, what appears to be women posing as prostitutes with the sole intent of robbing their victims.

Under any jurisdiction, these acts constitute crimes, and should be dealt with decisively, if for no other reason than to ensure Magalluf's continued economic benefits from tourism.

I'd also like to point out that under Spanish law, prostitution is NOT a criminal offence, and therefore it's important to distinguish between the two. Eliminating prostitution will likely only make the problem worse, by providing a high-demand, low-risk platform for these criminals to continue to operate.

I am someone who believes that prostitution, nor the demand for it, can ever be eliminated, and logic suggests (however controversial), that establishing a legal and safe border district in Magalluf, offering regulated, policed (and taxed) adult entertainment, would go a long way toward eliminating the fringe crimes increasingly seen on the streets, consistently eluding the authorities.

More importantly, it could generate good revenue for the city, serve to protect working girls from crimes committed against them, and fund a major policing effort, which is what we need most.

If you've ever been to Amsterdam, you would find that the red light district is amongst the safest places in the city, largely because it is a major attraction and revenue source for the city, and thus heavily police protected. Amsterdam's red light district is actually a very unique and arguably, interesting place to visit, even if you have no interest in partaking of its offerings. Even as a woman, I was surprised that I never felt even slightly unsafe when I visited there.

Whatever the problem in Magalluf, whether it's a lax view on the part of the local police or local government, or if they are somehow limited by EU law to tackle the problem, I believe it's time to do something to address it before the problem continues to get worse and many more innocents get hurt, and/or leads to a serious decline in tourism to the area.

It would have to believe a solution which solves the problem, creates yet another tourist attraction, AND generates new revenue for the local economy which might finally get some attention from local leadership.

Catherine
(concerned local resident and business owner)

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