Always Wear a Condom...and a Reflective Vest...and a Helmet...

The sex police meet the safety police:

Women touting for customers on a rural highway outside Els Alamus near Lleida in Catalonia have been told to don the yellow fluorescent bibs or pay fines of 40 euros (£36) under road traffic laws.

Police claim the sex workers on the LL-11 road are not being specifically targeted because of what they do but because they posed a danger to drivers.

The prostitutes are in breach of 2004 law which states pedestrians on major highways and hard shoulders must wear the high visibility garments....

The move follows recent legislation introduced by Els Alamus town hall to ban prostitutes from offering sex for sale in public urban areas. The mayor Josep Maria Bea has been accused of mounting a campaign to drive the sex workers out of the area.

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  • Numeromancer||

    Remember the Alamus!

  • Old Mexican||

    The mayor Josep Maria Bea has been accused of mounting a campaign to drive the sex workers out of the area.

    Nooo! Ya think???

  • Tim||

    "mounting" Heh-heh.

  • ||

    "...wear JUST a reflective vest"
    There, fixed it for them.

  • jtuf||

    *Sigh* It would be nice if the mainstream advocates for tolerance to the LBGT community would also stand up for legalizing prostitution. Like any other movement, it's morphed from a campaign for a category of rights to an interest group for a specific group. The same thing happened to most of the movements that arose during the 1960s and 1970s.

  • ||

    +1. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that he was against medical marijuana, and likened it to "legalizing prostitution". The fact that this was apparently a scary thought for his targeted audience is pretty damn depressing.

    I got in a major fight with the girlfriend once about this -- she said that prostitution itself is some sort of abuse or imprisonment, and that legalizing only would exacerbate the victimization of women. I still shake my head about that one.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Whereas fucking for a nice dinner and a movie is just good business sense.

  • ||

    If a woman is going to fuck you, dinner and a movie are not required. However, if you're offering them anyways, no sense in turning them down!

  • Tim||

    They'll need steel toed boots too if they're going to be in the road.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Tim,

    They'll need steel toed boots too if they're going to be in the road.

    Only on construction sites, which would mean they would be required to be OSHA trained...

  • Tim||

    I guess the days of four guys standing around the hole watching one guy work are over.

  • ||

    Not as long as the chick with the hole is still wearing her vest. Read the article.

  • sarcasmic||

    Don't forget the hard hat.

    Hey Beavis. He said "hard". Hehehehe.

  • Jerry||

    And kneepads.

  • ||

    Wow, cuz the rest of their clothes make them look so hot. If only they weren't so noticeable. Yikes.

  • Ska||

    As if streetwalking prostitutes are usually hot women in nice gear.

  • Joe Biden's Sweaty Nut Sack||

    Reflective condoms. So you can see my little train a cumming. Choo choo!

  • ||

    Thanks for the visual.

  • ||

    All the street beggars in Durham, NC wear blaze-orange safety vests -- apparently at the behest of the local government. Provides nice contrast to the poorly worded religious pleas for chaaaaaaaange written on discarded cardboard.

  • ||

    Couple cans of Rustoleum and we could get those bums even spiffier.

  • ||

    The free market solution is obvious; bright yellow and orange thongs.

  • lde||

    I think we just found an market for sexy, reflective, revealing clothing.

  • ||

    I propose that we force American politicians to wear yellow fluorescent bibs in public, and for exactly the same reasons.

  • ||

    No way. We should do whatever we can to make politicians MORE likely to be hit by traffic.

  • Brian E||

    I've got to notice them so I know where to steer, man.

  • Fuck!||

    How many points are pols worth these days?

  • Anonymous||

    I don't know, man... it might be hot if they don't take those vests off.

  • ||

    When even Spain (sort of) has better solutions than we do for prostitution, we are truly in trouble. Paying a $40 fine and getting a free vest are a lot better deal than having a prostitution conviction on your record in America, let alone the fine. The stigma attached to it essentially disqualifies anyone from rising to a "respectable" job that requires even a cursory criminal background check.

  • AlmightyJB||

    I think its a good idea. They should have come up with that themselves. Makes them easier to find.

  • ||

    Talk to a liberal and they will tell you that all enlightenment comes from Europe.

  • Fun with words||

    The mayor Josep Maria Bea has been accused of mounting a campaign to drive the sex workers out of the area.

    My version: The mayor Josep Maria Bea has been accused of mounting sex workers in a campaign to drive out of the area.

  • ||

    Why not take it one step further and color-code the Ladies.
    Brown = anal
    Pink = Vaginal
    Rainbow = Any thing goes
    Etc.
    Would making shopping a lot easier.

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