Spain’s Prostitutes Go On Strike, Refuse To Service Bankers

Julie Gerstein / March 30, 2012

There’s a country-wide strike going on in Spain right now, against the government’s austerity cuts. And one surprising group that’s participating: the country’s prostitutes, who say they won’t have sex with the country’s bankers until they “fulfill their responsibility to society” and begin offering better loans to struggling Spaniards. 

The initiative was put into place by Madrid’s prostitute trade association, which claims, “We are the only ones with a real ability to pressure the sector.” The strike has been on for four days, and said one participating prostitute, “We don’t think they can withstand much more.”

The women came up with the idea after one of the association’s members pressured one of her regular banker clients to grant a loan by going on a sex strike.

The sex worker strike — if it’s real — is going on in conjunction with a Spanish general strike. Several major unions, including air traffic controllers, train and bus drivers, are participating, pushing Spain’s economy to a grinding halt.  [Daily Mail]