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Red light districts? Berlusconi's government is divided on prostitution

Red light districts? Berlusconi's government is divided on prostitution

Red light districts? Life in prison for pimps?
Italy's conservative government is debating what to do about prostitution as it cracks down on crime.
Foreign Minister Franco Frattini jumped into the debate in a newspaper interview published Sunday. La Stampa quoted him as saying pimps practice slavery and deserve life imprisonment.
Interior Minister Roberto Maroni has suggested starting red light districts.
Prostitution is legal in Italy, but exploitation of prostitution is a crime. Many of the skimpily clad prostitutes on Italian sidewalks are minors, and many are foreign victims of human trafficking.
Italy outlawed brothels 50 years ago.


Updated : 2021-06-24 13:52 GMT+08:00