The red light district of Madrid is around Calle Montera in the city center, between Puerta del Sol and Gran Via. It's what you'll find in any other major city, with a plethora of strip joints, sex shops and bored-looking women swinging their handbags.
The laws surrounding prostitution in Spain are complicated. Prostitution lies in a regulatory limbo, being neither legal nor illegal as there is no related legislation. It's not illegal to pay for sex or to solicit it, but it is against the law to pimp.
The prostitutes working in the Calle Montera area are working for themselves. They are known to the police and have been left to operate with little control from the authorities.
In recent years however, an increasing number of Madrid's prostitutes are coming from Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe and it has become obvious that these groups are largely controlled by mafias.
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