The Mayor of Palma, Joan Fageda, yesterday set about dealing with the municipality's prostitution problem which he is having to fight on two fronts, in Palma and the Platja de Palma. Fadega called an emergency meeting of Palma security council, including central government delegate Catalina Cirer and police chiefs. Fageda revealed that, in co-operation with Medicos Del Mundo, the council has established that 80 per cent of the prostitutes working the Playa de Palma are of African or South American origin. The mayor expressed his concern about the problem, saying that the “inflation” in the number of immigrants and the building freeze, “which is fuelling unemployment and turning people out on to the streets” is not helping the situation. “The numbers will increase and the situation is very worrying,” warned the mayor, adding that neither the police nor the courts have the resources to confront the problem. At yesterday's security council, Fageda called on all parties to unite in a bid to stop the prostitution problem engulfing Palma and spiralling out of control. He also urged bar owners along the Platja de Palma to control the sale of alcohol “which is now one of the biggest dangers we have on the table”.


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