How Sex Workers Are Trying to Fix Spain’s Economy
High-end prostitutes in Spain are taking an unorthodox approach to aid the nation’s struggling economy by refusing to sleep with their banker clients. Their goal is to incentivize bankers to start loaning the assets they control to individuals and small businesses in order to stimulate the economy.
The idea began when a prostitute, Lucia, withheld her services from a prominent banker until he agreed to extend loans again. Realizing the extent of their sway, her cohorts in her “luxury prostitute trade association” decided to implement this practice on a larger scale. After just a few days, the sex workers believe the scheme will prove successful. “We don’t think they can withstand much more,” boasts a prostitute who identifies herself as Ana MG.
Even though Spain is in a state of economic depression, prostitution in the country continues to thrive. Some even consider Spain to be the prostitution capital of the world. 39% of Spanish men admitted in a United Nations poll to paying for the services of a hooker at some point.
It is safe to say that the small amount of men who possess all of the wealth are the same guys who can pay for these upscale prostitutes. In fact, the sex workers say that some bankers have attempted to lie about their jobs in order to get around the ban. However, they insist it is easy to spot a faker when they name occupations that would be unable to afford the luxury rate.
Some sources are reporting that bankers are so frustrated by the strike, they are requesting arbitration from the government. While prostitution is legal in Spain, it is not regulated, so even if the government wanted to intervene on this situation, it would face a great deal of difficulty. Furthermore, the notion of telling people who they should and should not have sex with is a complicated matter to say the least. However, the bankers are not entirely without options to obtain gratification. Since only the upscale prostitutes have committed to the banker ban, they could potentially find company with the sex workers who charge lower rates.
With Spain’s unemployment rate swelling to 23% and another recession looming, the prostitutes aren’t the only ones going on strike. The nation’s two largest union organizations have called a general strike in Spain today, as well. As a result, factories are closed and transportation options are limited, though reports indicate that the general strike did not inconvenience the country as much as unions as hoped.
Perhaps Ana G is correct when she says, “We are the only ones with a real ability to pressure the sector.” Though a segment of the Spanish population derides sex workers for being morally bankrupt, these prostitutes may actually be in a unique position to bring about positive change to Spain’s economy.
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