Is Prostitution Legal in Tenerife?
Or more to the point, should it be? Hookers, whores, prostitutes, ladies of the night: To be politically correct we should call them sex workers and here in Tenerife it is perfectly legal unless outlawed by local by-laws, usually when it directly affects tourists, families or children.
Many a time I have driven past them them lined up on the road on my way home from Cristianos – they are legal between the hours laid down by the local government, often the hours of darkness – and honestly, in that location I can’t see that there is much cause for concern.
Finding a lady of negotiable affections in Tenerife
However, from the article below, you will see there is much opposition to it in other areas, especially from the UK ex-pat community. Incidents over the years involving prostitutes looking for customers as holiday makers returned from the beach at tea-time, and unsettling tales of them flashing their boobs in full view of children, have led to community service groups being set-up to liase with the police in an endeavour to get this some-what dubious service to holiday-makers either stopped or removed from sight.
Article of interest. 31 / Dec / 14
The deputy of the government in the province, Guillermo Diaz Guerra says that there is no special crime rate in the areas of street prostitution in Playa de las Americas, Calles Llanos de Troya y Arquitecto Gómez Cuesta. In addition, he adds that street prostitution in itself is not a crime.
Responding to criticism by the neighbourhood group Grupasca, whose spokesperson Emilio Lentini has been calling for the elimination of prostitution in that tourist area. The deputy said “I met Emilio Lentini and another member of Grupasca in March and “noted their concern” about the activity of prostitution and the existence of other crimes.
Following these complaints, the Chief of Police, Station South, Carlos Ludueña and the head of the Brigade of Public Security and the Commissioner responsible for Citizen Participation have had several meetings with the representatives of Grupasca, according to Diaz Guerra.
Based on a police report, Guillermo Diaz Guerra says the Calles Llanos de Troya y Arquitecto Gómez Cuesta, where prostitutes tout for business “are not areas normally visited by tourists, families and children.” Regarding the Llanos de Troya area, he says that “there are no houses on the outskirts, nor are there any schools or play areas within 500 meters.”
However, the sub-delegation says that in any case they have significantly increased police presence and agents of the National Police Immigration, Judicial Police, Public Safety and the Unit for Prevention and Response (UPR) have conducted joint operations, without detecting a high level of crime. In addition, there have been joint actions with local police Arona and Adeje, with the same result. For Diaz Guerra, is “very significant that in the last six months, in that area only have been two thefts”.
Guillermo Diaz Guerra says that if prostitutes have not committed a crime, nor are exploited by a third party or suspected of being minors they can only request documentation.