NEW regulations dictate that Spanish prostitutes are entitled to the same rights as any other workers.
This new development means that they can claim the dole if they are unemployed.
A Barcelona judge also called for employers to work with proper contracts and to pay their social security contributions, as is expected in any other business.
Judge Juan Augustin Maragall ruled that all brothels must provide staff with official contracts.
Some believe that the seven-year economic crisis led to more women having to sell their bodies to put food on the table.
Spanish prostitutes numbered 400,000 in 2007 but critics say the number has increased dramatically since then.
In Spain, prostitution is not illegal but neither is it completely free from the law.
Income from pimping is against the law and pimps can receive a prison sentence of four years.
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