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Italy orders man to buy feminist books for prostitute

A court in Rome has handed down an unusual penalty to the client of an underage prostitute, ordering him to buy her 30 books on the theme of women's dignity, Italian media reported Friday.

Italy orders man to buy feminist books for prostitute
An image of a customer meeting a prostitute. Photo: Italian investigators
In addition to a two-year jail sentence, the unnamed man, 35, will be required to give the 15-year-old victim works including novels by Virginia Woolf, Anne Frank's diary and the poems of Emily Dickinson, as well as two feminist-themed films.
   
Judge Paola Di Nicola's ruling follows an investigation launched in 2013 into a Rome-based prostitution ring that pimped two girls aged 14 and 15 in the upmarket Parioli suburb of the Italian capital.
   
The teenagers were lured into the world of sex work with cash which they used to “buy new clothes and the latest mobile phones”, reports said, citing investigators.
   
In the 2014 trial of the sex ring's mastermind, who was ultimately jailed for nine years, a judge said the girls were “children who got carried away with the debauchery, without restraint, so they could easily earn money”.
 
 A copy of the latest court ruling was not available on Friday.
   
“But the decision suggests that the judge favoured a remedy that would help the young girl to understand the real 'damage' that she had suffered was damage to her dignity as a woman,” wrote the Corriere della Sera daily.
   
Adriana Cavarero, whose “Notwithstanding Plato” was among the books that the judge ordered the accused to buy for the girl, told the newspaper it would be better if the judge had read the works to the convicted man.
   
“Adolescence is not the time for reflection, what he did was much worse: an adult who, knowingly, paid for sex with a minor,” said Cavarero, a philosophy professor at Verona university.

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Italian town makes sex workers wear hi-vis vests

Prostitutes are known for their skimpy attire, usually provocative high heels and short skirts. But authorities of a town near Milan have told sex workers they must wear high-visibility vests so that motorists can see them at night.

Italian town makes sex workers wear hi-vis vests
Sex workers in a town near Milan must now wear high-visibility vests. Photo: LinaSlutsky

The decree, which includes a ban on miniskirts, was brought in by authorities in Spino d’Adda, a town south of Milan, Il Messaggero reported.

Those caught flouting the rule will face a fine of up to €500.

In a move aimed at increasing their safety, deputy mayor Luciano Sinigaglia said the sex workers should be treated the same as road workers, and should be obliged to wear clothes that make them more visible.

The decree, which will take effect in September, comes just months after authorities in San Genesio, a town near the northern city of Bolzano, ordered sex workers to wear reflective vests and trousers. 

However, the town was slightly more careful with its choice of words, saying the decree affected all those “who walked or stopped” at night on a particular stretch of road outside the town.

It was also seen as a tactic to rid San Genesio of prostitutes all together.
 

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