“In terms of trafficking, a bill will be presented soon so that third-party locators will be punished, and Article 187 of the Penal Code includes this crime.” This is how the Minister of Equality, Ana Redondo, announced the withdrawal of a proposal already made by the PSOE in the previous legislature to persecute and punish the owners of apartments or places where women sell honor. He did this this Thursday afternoon during his first appearance at the Congressional Equality Commission to explain the “main lines” in which the Ministry will move this legislature. Among them is not, at the moment, the quick repeal of the law on trafficking, which has gone through the advisory bodies and is one of the regulations that is believed to be pending and most urgent for this new government. The locative third-party classification, as Redondo explains, is a “first step.”
During the first intervention, in which he explained the “priorities” of his ministry, Redondo reiterated the commitments already obtained by the PSOE in the election campaign and in the agreement of the Government with Sumar: since the renewal of the State Pact against of Gender Violence to the “national agreement against lgbtbiphobia and hate speech”, another to protect minors from internet pornography or the deployment of laws approved by the last legislature—one only yes It’s yes, trans, equal treatment, and abortion reform. At the end of the session, in response to questions from several parliamentary groups of the left bloc about the law on trafficking and pimping money from the prostitution of others, Redondo addressed the issue.
“(The proposal to classify the locative third party) is the first important step in a roadmap where we will put the ingredients that will ensure that trafficking in all its manifestations and dimensions will be eradicated and persecuted, and as a socialist, I For me, abolitionism is an end, a goal, and we must move to abolitionism as other countries have done. (…) I firmly believe in abolitionism, but we must add a large majority, have an intense and deep social debate, and have an alternative for about 60,000 women in prostitution in Spain; many of them are immigrants, which they need as an economic, housing, and employment solution. (…) Until we reach that moment, we are committed to changing the Penal Code to include third-party locators,” he stated.
When the Ministry was openly asked about this issue after the session, they assured that the law on trafficking “will not stop,” but that it must be done “step by step.” So, the first is this amendment to the Penal Code and, at the same time, work on the rest of the text in which this initiative was included in the previous legislature, the proposal of the organic law to prohibit pimping in all the forms presented by the PSOE. . This was done when, during the processing of the yes law, the socialists introduced a change that meant to include in the norm the elimination of prostitution and third-party renting, something that, at the time, official PSOE sources say that the United States rejected Podemos and other majority groups. That amendment jeopardized the law’s approval, and the socialists withdrew it. In May 2022.
Just one day later, the PSOE registered the same change as a bill in Congress. And more than two weeks ago, in June, Congress gave the green light to the criminal prosecution of pimps, owners of the place where it happened, and protecting the victims. He did this with the support of the Popular Party and the majority, but broke Unidas Podemos, at the time a partner in the government. With Sumar in the coalition, Igualdad withdrew the proposal.
Today, Redondo faces a portfolio that, in the last four years, has been one of the biggest points of contention in the government between the PSOE and Unidas Podemos, the Congress, and the feminist movement, above all because of the trans law. criminal consequences that the entry into force of only yes means yes there is—the reduction of sentences and release of prisoners convicted of sexual crimes. But now the panorama is different.
With Equality in the hands of the PSOE and with Sumar replacing Podemos in the coalition, which has kept a low profile in this area from the beginning, a time with little disagreement between the partners of the Executive see Also easier, due, in part, to the fact that the previous differences and internal debates, and despite the previous differences and internal debates, finally resulted in the agreement of the two regulations and also the reform of the abortion law. The issue is no longer to get a majority to develop complex laws—for various reasons, including the rejection of the far right and the right of feminist and LGTBIQ collective progress and the internal differences of government—but to develop them. And Redondo claimed to know this by explaining, as one of the main lines of his portfolio, “the implementation” and “the effective application of the regulations approved by the previous legislature.”
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