SLEAZY newspaper sex ads are soon to become a thing of the past.
The government has agreed to ban the adverts from the new year, after the industry failed to self-regulate.
Equality Commission spokeswoman Lourdes Ciuro said: “These ads are for prostitution, which incorporates many problems including trafficking and the exploitation of women.”
It will be a huge blow to the vast majority of the Olive Press’ rivals on the Costa del Sol who make thousands of euros each month from sex-related adverts.
Indeed, the industry is estimated to net the media in Spain around €40 million a year.
In recent issues of both Sur in English and Euro Weekly News there are hundreds of adverts in their ‘Adult relaxation’ and ‘XXX Relaxation’ sections. Many have photos and include overt references to prostitution
It is welcome news for those papers, including the Olive Press, which refuse to run sex ads.
“We are a family newspaper and it is unacceptable to put louche adverts with graphic pictures in front of children,” said publisher Jon Clarke.