By Eloise Horsfield
BUS companies in Valencia have until tomorrow to remove adverts for prostitution from the backs of their vehicles.
The Generalitat, Valencia’s autonomous government, gave the companies three days to get rid of the controversial adverts as soon as they learnt of their existence.
Twelve buses have been displaying publicity for brothels, escort bars and sex lines since as far back as April this year.
One advert said “Your date with pleasure” giving numbers and websites to call, and another showed a woman’s bottom taking up half of the back of the bus along with the caption “Hello baby”.
Transport bosses argued they didn’t know about the erotic ads, because advertising work is outsourced to private companies.
“All we ask is that they keep the yellow signage and the Metrobus symbol, nothing more,” said Mar Martínez, director of the Valencia Transport Agency.
The companies involved have promised all the adverts will be removed by tomorrow evening.
Club owners have slammed the move, saying they pay taxes like anyone else but don’t have the same advertising rights.