Spanish media has reported that the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) is drafting new legislation to criminalise the purchase of sex, known as the Nordic Model. They have reported that the proposed Bill is an attempt to eradicate prostitution . The
legislation is in preliminary stages, and is expected to be taken forward next year.
Currently sex work is not explicitly criminalised in Spain, but local authorities can issue fines for activities such as soliciting. El Pa 3ds reports that proposed legislation may also criminalise people who rent spaces for exploitation, likely
criminalising third party activities which often forces sex workers to compromise their safety.
Recently the Prime Minister tweeted Prostitution in Spain isn't legal and this government won't support any organisation that includes this illicit activity, following the decision to ban a sex worker-led union from officially registering .
La Salsa lap dancing club, in Silver Street, Halifax, has been refused a sexual entertainment venue licence by Calderdale Council's Licensing and Regulatory Committee who voted to reject the club's application.
Councillors were told they are not allowed to reject a licence on moral grounds so the application was refused on grounds the applicant was unsuitable to hold a licence and that a sex entertainment premises at Silver Street would be inappropriate
having regard to the character of the relevant locality. They were additionally told the Ebenezer Church on St James Road is also opposite the club.
Councillors heard the club was opposite a women's refuge and objectors to the renewal included the White Ribbon Campaign. But councillors were told West Yorkshire Police and ward councillors had not lodged any objections to the Halifax club's
licence being renewed.
Applicant Reza Shahsavar noted that in 16 years La Salsa in Halifax had not had a single issue of concern for the authorities in Calderdale.
The council's claim of being unsuitable to hold a licence referred to an incident resulting in the licence being lost in 2010. Shahsavar said that the incident had been a misunderstanding and he was being falsely accused in allegations now
being made by objectors.
The club's owners have a right of appeal against the council ban.
An investigation is underway after a motorbike was allegedly set alight, causing damage to a controversial sex shop in Dublin.
The blaze broke out on James' St outside Sweet Sensations which had previously come under fire for a large picture in the window of a woman posing in red lingerie. Last October around 10-15 people demonstrated outside the shop which has been open
for over twenty years.
The front of the shop, which is made of wood, was damaged during the incident.