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• 200,000 and 400,000 women engaged in prostitution in Spain, according to media reports.

• More than 3,000 entertainment establishments dedicated to prostitution.

• 90% of those engaged in prostitution in Spain are victims of forced prostitution, controlled by organized networks.

• Destination and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.

• Victims originate from Eastern Europe, Latin America, East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

• 9.6% of women report intimate partner and/or not-intimate-partner sexual and/or physical violence in their lifetime.

• 71 women were murdered as a result of domestic violence in 2010.

• Immigrant women remained the group most vulnerable to gender violence.



• Indignant Prostitutes Campaign fights for rights.

• Hetaira Collective works to protect the rights of prostitutes.


Sources: UN Women Violence against Women Prevalence Data:  Surveys  by  Country 2011; U.S. Department of State 2010 Human Rights Report; U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2011; ITN news April 28, 2012