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Irene Montero, on prostitution: “Abolition means papers, work, housing, psychological care and comprehensive care”


MADRID, 20 September (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, presented this Tuesday the Camino Plan to help women who are victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation or those related to prostitution, in an act in which she defended the need for the state the rights of these women guaranteed. “If not, we will not end prostitution as an institution in our country,” he said.

“Abolition means papers, work, housing, psychological care and comprehensive care,” explained Montero, and “all women” would have “access to all their rights without complaints” in these contexts. “Our duty as a state is to guarantee all these rights so that they can achieve their life project,” he explained.

The minister explained that this is the aim of the new plan. Specifically, she pointed out that an attempt is being made to open “a safe route” or “a safe gateway to the institutions” for these victims.

For this reason, most of the “modest budget” of €204 million allocated to this plan, as indicated by Montero, is earmarked for specialized comprehensive care for victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and prostitution.

The head of the equality body has denounced that “no woman deserves to have the difficulties” that women face in accessing housing or employment related to prostitution. And with that in mind, remember that this is about “human rights.”


Likewise, he stressed the importance of immigration policy in this area, which he saw as an “essential step” for the recognition of rights. “Not only will we not abolish prostitution, but we will also not properly address ensuring women’s rights in prostitution contexts if we don’t talk about immigration policy,” she said in her speech.

In that sense, he has defended the “bold policy” on the matter, highlighting the deal he said it had reached with the inclusion and home affairs ministries, to be included in the comprehensive anti-trafficking law that is being drafted was prepared by the government.

The aim is that the women victims of these contexts, in an irregular administrative situation, have access to regular documents so that they can be recognized and therefore “the fact of not having documents is not an obstacle to accessing their rights, housing, employment or to an insertion plan”.


Montero has also highlighted that this plan will make it possible to conduct “one of the largest macro-surveys on human trafficking and prostitution” conducted in the EU. As he explained, quantitative data from these contexts is required to design and work on public policies effectively.

On the other hand, the initiative also focuses on counteracting the demand for prostitution and in this sense the Minister has indicated that “it is not a problem for women, it is a problem for men”. Therefore, it has defended the need to work on awareness campaigns and in educational centers and in the main contexts of socialization of young people to achieve this goal.


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