Prostitution under the penal code

Prostitution in Spain isn´t illegal, as long as it is always practiced by a legal adult and by his/her own volition. On the contrary, it is a crime to extort, force, or gain profit from the prostitution of other people, independent of their age and volition. For more information, click here. If someone is extorting or threatening you with reporting you to the police for practicing prostitution, you should know you are not committing a crime.

Cities that give fines for working on the streets

Although practicing prostitution doesn´t imply criminal activity, some cities have drawn up ordinances and laws that sanction the practice of prostitution in street zones. Cities that sanction or fine (with fines between 300 and 3000€ depending on the city) for street prostitution:

  • Barcelona
  • Valencia
  • Castellón de la plana.
  • Cálvia (Mallorca)
  • Ibiza
  • Lleida
  • El Elejido.
  • Bilbao
  • Málaga
  • Sevilla
  • Granada
  • Telde (Gran Canaria)
  • Alfaz del pí (Alicante)

You can pay a fine at the time the police fine you, or after the fact. If you refuse to pay, City Hall has the legal authority to order the bank to seize your account and can also fine you a second time. Then City Hall can bring charges against you, claiming you are in contempt of the law. Fines can be appealed, so if you need more information about this count on the Male and Transsexual legal services at the Fundación Triángulo.