Where is the Barcelona red light district?

Barcelona red light district

Barcelona doesn't have a specific red light district in the same way as a city like Amsterdam or Hamburg. Barcelona has a kind of 'red-light' scene and district which is located the port end of Las Ramblas street. It's pretty shady, not really safe and not recommended.

This Barcelona red light area becomes active after 2 am when street prostitutes - many of African origin - offer sexual services, either in side-streets or in very seedy apartments in nearby Raval area. Our advice is not to solicit prostitutes and to exercise extreme caution to avoid theft, either on the street or in the brothel apartments. 

In 2019 the Spanish parliament voted in favour of a proposal to draw up legislation to abolish prostitution, cracking down further on pimping and introducing tougher penalties for men buying sex in a controversial initiative that has split the women's rights movement. Prior to 2019 prostitution was tolerated in Spain, with many brothels operating as hotels or other lodging, even though sexual exploitation and pimping was illegal.

The 2019 move is a progressive drive by the Spain's Socialist Party to extend women's rights. The Socialist Party regards sex workers as victims to be protected rather than criminalised as they would be if there was an outright ban on prostitution.

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