The Mayor of Palma Juan Fageda admitted yesterday that the social services department and the local police were trying to find a place for prostitutes away from the city centre, possibly near the Son Pardo race-track. We want to try and reduce the number of prostitutes on the streets of Palma and we feel that it would be best if they were moved away from urban areas where there are fewer residents, said the Mayor. The city council is also calling on residents associations to help them find a solution for the problem of prostitution. Until recently prostitutes worked the Puerta San Antonio but they have since extended their patch to also embrace the Avenidas which has resulted in a wave of protests from residents. The police have tried to crack down and have made numerous arrests but the problem still remains. There are now hundreds of African prostitutes working the streets of Palma. The council is taking the line that the problem is not going to go away and for this reason they are attempting to find solutions which will keep prostitutes out of the public eye. The council plans to discuss this problem at their next council meeting. It should be a heated debate as some residents are calling for a major crackdown.