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Magaluf 'oral sex' bar shut down

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Magaluf 'oral sex' bar shut down
Playhouse club and Carnage Magaluf (not pictured), the firm organizing the bar crawl, will also have to pay a €55,000 fine. File Photo: Jaime Reina/AFP
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A nightclub in the notorious Spanish holiday resort of Magaluf in Majorca has been forced to close for a year by local authorities following a sex-for-drinks scandal which made international headlines.

Playhouse club and Carnage Magaluf, the firm organizing the bar crawl and the sex games, will also have to pay a €55,000 ($73,000) fine following a police investigation.

The sex for free drinks craze — known as 'mamading’ (from the Spanish word for oral sex) — caught the attention of local authorities after a video of one incident went viral online.

The YouTube video showed an 18-year-old British holidaymaker performing performing fellatio on 24 men during the pub crawl.

Spain’s secretary of state Isabel Borrego had previously said such activities should not be "criminalized" and that they weren’t a police matter.

But Majorcan authorities have grown tired of the appalling image the island is receiving from the incidents and have pointed the finger of blame at the “hoteliers in Magaluf who promote alcohol-fuelled tourism”.

On July 11th, Calviá mayor Manuel Onieva announced that companies organizing pub crawls will have to apply for a licence from Calviá Town Hall and pay fines if they surpass a 50-person limit.

Onieva has also expressed his “absolute rejection” towards the so-called ‘mamading bars’.

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