Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Legal brothels come a step closer in Lombardy

Share this article

Legal brothels come a step closer in Lombardy
The council approved the bill to allow citizens to vote on whether to repeal a 1950s law that forced brothels underground. Prostitute photo: Shutterstock
12:24 CEST+02:00
Lombardy's regional council voted in Milan on Tuesday in favour of a referendum which could see brothels reopened.

The council approved the bill to allow citizens to vote on whether to repeal a 1950s law that forced brothels underground across Italy.

Potentially bringing prostitution into the mainstream economy received the backing of a broad collective of political parties including the Northern League (Lega Nord), the Five Star Movement (M5S), led by Beppe Grillo, and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.

But in order for the referendum to go ahead the same text must be approved by four other regional councils, spokesman Massimiliano Capitanio told The Local.

The Northern League has for months campaigned for the “Merlin law” to be rewritten, with politicians citing the economy as a principle reason.

“If this business surfaces it would be hugely significant for the state and local authorities, to collect enough resources not only to avoid tax hikes but also to reduce a series of tax levies,” Massimo Bitonci, the party’s Senate leader, said in December.

His comments were followed by those of Matteo Salvini, a Northern League MEP, who said he saw no problem in a red light district opening in his Milan neighbourhood.

READ MORE: MEP calls for Milan red light district

Don't miss a story about Italy - Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

Ranked among the world's best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement