39% of Spaniards have hired the services of a prostitute at one time or another, making Spain the biggest European consumer of prostitution, way ahead of countries like Switzerland (19%), Austria (15%), Netherlands (14%) or Sweden (13%) .
So says a guide published by the Association for the Reintegration of Women in Prostitution (APRAMP) on human trafficking for sexual exploitation, presented today by its President, Rocio Nieto, and the Secretary of State for Equality, Laura Seara.
The guide contains a dictionary of basic concepts (eg., distinguishing between trafficking and smuggling), describes the profile of women traders (dealers) and also includes data and statistics on this "21st century slavery" and gives "tips" on how to recognise and help these women.
Nieto said the exploitation trade has "always been about women and girls," and is "the worst" that exists in the welfare state because these victims are "totally disregarded, used and enslaved" and she urged society to become sensitised to this issue.
3,000 copies of the APRAMP guide will be distributed among professionals, and it insists that the sexual exploitation of women and girls is possible "only because there is demand for sexual services," considering it "necessary to focus" on the mafia and pimps, but also to punish consumers of prostitution.
According to the guide, there are about 700,000 prostitutes in the European Union, 0.63% of all adult women. Moreover, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reports that each year about half a million women are traded in European prostitution markets.