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Brothels are Madrid's new nightclubs: survey
Youngsters are paying visits to local brothels for the "morbid fascination and curiosity" they incite rather than "to have sexual intercourse" with the prostitutes. Photo: Dave84/Flickr

Brothels are Madrid's new nightclubs: survey

Published: 24 Sep 2013 13:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Sep 2013 13:00 GMT+02:00

In a country where hedonism forms part of the national psyche, it may come as no surprise that brothels, or so-called puticlubs, are a habitual sight on the outskirts of many Spanish cities.

But a recent study carried out for Madrid's town hall has revealed some alarming facts about how young Spaniards are when first visiting these houses of ill repute.

Almost a quarter of Madrid males between the ages of 16 and 24 have admitted they've visited a brothel and 22 percent have said they would if they had the chance.

Surprisingly, 4.7 percent of young women in the same age group owned up to having been to one of the capital’s brothels, most of which are found next to the motorway to the northern city of Burgos.

According to the study by Spain's Atenea Foundation, the main reason why youngsters are paying visits to local brothels is the "morbid fascination and curiosity" they incite rather than "to have sexual intercourse" with the prostitutes.

The Foundation's president,  Domingo Comas, told Spanish daily 20minutos that a growing number of  puticlubs are marketing themselves as "clubs, almost", where "mixed groups of young guys and girls go for a drink, even if it's more expensive".

The survey, which interviewed 1,120 youngsters at high school, college and university, also found that 61.5 percent of them were in favour of legalizing prostitution.

A mere 0.7 percent of males and 0.3 percent of females surveyed said they’d gone to the Madrid brothels to engage in sexual relationships. 

Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

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