Mara Carfagna and Silvio Berlusconi have announced a mean minded package of measures to ban prostitution in public places.
In a week when the latest of several women claimed to have been paid for sex by Italy's prime minister, he chaired a cabinet
meeting that approved a bill outlawing prostitution.
Mara Carfagna, the former topless model who is Berlusconi's equal opportunities minister, told the website Clandestinoweb a package of security measures that will now go to parliament included a
ban on prostitution in all public places.
It emerged last week that three associates of the prime minister were formally under investigation on suspicion of profiting from prostitution. They include his TV network's best-known newscaster, a talent
scout who supplies many of its showgirls, and a former dancer who was Berlusconi's dental hygienist until he plucked her from obscurity to be a regional MP.
The mayor of a small Italian town has suggested the legalisation of prostitution in an attempt to address economic crisis.
Altopascio Mayor Maurizio Marchetti has proposed the creation of red light districts throughout Italy to combat budgeting
shortfalls, ANSA reported.
Today this is a totally illegal industry where you see employment of between 70,000 and 100,000 people, according to estimates. I can already imagine the criticism, but I am asking
everyone -- is it moral for a person to work illegally earning 10,000 euros a month and feeding a criminal underworld, while there are people who are working honestly and cannot get to the end of the month?
Creating a legal red light district similar to Amsterdam's would cut organized crime out of the sex trade and prevent the exploitation of prostitutes, Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris has said:
It's an experimental
project, which could take off soon, the mayor said. We need to circumscribe an area in which we know the sex trade takes place. The police presence will drive organized crime out.
Prostitution is not a crime, said the mayor, a former
A potential candidate is the eastern neighborhood of Barra, which last year offered to create a so-called love park, in which couples could park their cars undisturbed.
His proposal was welcomed by the women in his
administration and in some Neapolitan female leftist circles. I've seen red light districts in Canada, Holland and many other civilized countries, Marinella De Nigris, a lawyer, told Corriere del Mezzogiorno newspaper. I think it's a fair
proposal, as long as the state upholds the rules.
Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital's centre-left mayor, gave his blessing on Friday evening to the experiment in the EUR business
district south of the city.
The local council there has proposed allowing prostitution in one non-residential area with the aim of reducing the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the district. If the experiment proves
successful, the council wants to establish up to three separate red light zones within the district.
Police will be ordered to impose fines of up to 500 euros on prostitutes caught working outside the permitted area, which will be supervised by
health and social workers in a bid to counter exploitation by pimps and traffickers and promote safer sex.
Of course the miserable Church is quick to preach on other people's sexual choices, maybe in an attempt to deflect the spotlight away from
its own sexual depravity.
Avvenire, the weekly magazine of the Conference of Italian Bishops, called the plan shameful for a city that is the cradle and the heart of Christian humanism.
Giovanni Ramonda, of the Pope John XXIII
Community, said Rome would be introducing tolerance zones for the slavery of women. The Catholic group is campaigning for Italy to enact similar legislation to Sweden, where efforts to eliminate prostitution have involved criminalizing clients
rather than sex workers.
But the scheme won backing from the council leader in a neighbouring district, who said many parts of the capital faced similar problems with the social side-effects of street prostitution, which is already tolerated in
practice in some peripheral parts of the capital. Andrea Catarci said:
It is a courageous move and one the whole city - institutions and associations - needs to get behind.
A number of Milan politicians have come out in support of opening a red light district in Italy's financial capital, just days after plans for a prostitution zone were unveiled in Rome. Politicians from both left and right have backed the idea
of opening up a red light district.
Carlo Monguzzi, from the ruling Democratic Party (PD), said setting up a prostitution zone could be the only solution to tackling current problems. He wrote on Facebook:
Having a red light district in Milan is a good idea...We must help the women reduced to slavery and forced into prostitution who are beaten to death if they don't do it.
Luigi Pagliuca of the Forza Italia party
I would be delighted if the city council would move away from the logic of taboo and moralism, and openly tackle the problem and the situation of the oldest profession in the world.
Milan's deputy mayor is claiming that sex workers should wear high-vis jackets rather than more sexy attire. Deputy mayor Luciano Sinigaglia spouted:
The sex workers should be treated as employees who work on road
construction and forced to wear clothes that make them visible.
He said this meant sensible reflective clothing and no miniskirts.
Sex workers caught a second time without the right highway clothing will be hauled into the
police station. We are almost ready with the definitive draft of the document. I hope to have it [the ordinance] up and running by the start of September, Sinigaglia told teh newspaper Corriere Della Sera.
The Italian city of Salerno is introducing a repressive anti-vice law making it illegal to even look like a prostitute in public. The new rules mean women wearing skimpy skirts, high heels or acting flirtatiously could be fined £400.
Prostitution is not illegal in Italy but the council said police were being encouraged to crack down on women
violating urban decorum . A council spokesprat explained:
The recent rise in prostitution has come just as we are expecting our annual influx of foreign visitors, so it's important that we act to protect the
reputation of our town. We are encouraging police to fine indiscreet and brazen prostitutes for violating urban decorum.