Palma.—Palma City Council is currently working on drawing up a new bill aimed at eradicating street prostitution in Palma once and for all.
While the police, both the National and Local forces, are this Summer again targeting organised groups of prostitutes in the capital and along the Playa de Palma, under the new bill, the “client” would also be considered to be committing a crime and therefore face punishment.

Councillor for Tourism, Alvaro Gijon, explained what the council is aiming to do yesterday and that the new law could come into effect before Christmas.

Gijon would not go into detail about the new fines but the important new edition to the bill which was first mentioned a few weeks ago, is the inclusion that clients will face fines and possible prosecution as well, the complete opposite to Calvia where the police only take legal action against the street prostitutes.

Palma City Council hopes that the new bill will significantly help the local authority's drive to clear and improve the image of the Playa de Palma which only recently was trashed by Germany's top selling newspaper.

Crimes committed by the gangs of organised prostitutes, which police have said operate “military style tactics” when, are on the increase and becoming more violent in the popular holiday resort with complaints from residents and local businesses rising all the time.

Gijon said that over the coming weeks, he and his team will be meeting with the various resident and commercial associations in the area, and the tourist sector, to discuss the new measures and listen to any other suggestions people may have as to how to improve the resort's image.

Once the new laws come into force, they will be similar to those already in place in Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia and Algerciras - but this won't apply to Calvia.

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