PROSTITUTES working on rural roadsides in Catalonia have been told to wear yellow fluorescent vests or face a 40 euros fine.

According to reports the garments are for their own safety.

And police claim the sex workers are not being targeted because of what they do but are simply being included in a push to enforce road traffic laws introduced in 2004.

A police spokesman said: “In the past couple of months the prostitutes have been fined for two reasons: for not wearing the reflective jacket and for creating danger on the public highway.”

However, some see the move as an attempt by Mayor Josep Maria Bea to get rid of the women as it follows recent legislation introduced by the Els Alamus town hall to ban prostitutes from selling sex in public urban areas.

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