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Spanish NGO 1000 Moroccans Work As Prostitutes in Melilla

Rabat – While prostitution is illegal in the Spanish enclave of Melilla, approximately 1,000 women,  almost entirely from Morocco, work as there as prostitutes, according to estimates by local NGO Melilla Acoge, which provides medical and other assistance to prostitutes.In the Spanish autonomous city, “almost 100 percent of the prostitutes are from Morocco,” said the president of the organization Maria Jesus Martin Collantes. Since 2002, the NGO has only treated two prostitutes of Spanish nationality.Dressed usually in djellabas, and hard to recognize as prostitutes,” she said,“they not only come from the Rif area, but also from Rabat and Casablanca.” Moroccan prostitutes who cross into Melilla can be  separated into two groups, explained Martín Collantes: those who enter in the morning and return at noon, and those who come in the afternoon to work during the night.Although the majority of women who practice prostitution in Melilla are aged between 18 and 35, there are also some as old as 60.Women are forced into prostitution because of “misery and complicated personal situations,” according to the NGO.  Most prostitutes are widows, divorced, have children to support, or come from families without financial means.“A lot of us think they want to leave,” said the NGO, recognizing that abandoning a life of prostitution is difficult.However, some “have married and have changed their lives,” noted the organization.  If they have children, they can take them to a school reinforcement program developed by Melilla Acoge.To help prostitutes in the city, the NGO distributes contraceptives and organizes a variety of workshops, including classes on sexually transmitted diseases, Spanish language, cooking, hairdressing, and handicrafts.The group has also signed an agreement with a laboratory to perform tests for diseases such as AIDS, syphilis, and gonorrhea.“We have also worked on the individual development, self-esteem and emancipation of these women. Many of them have psychological problems,” concluded the president of Melilla Acoge. read more

Jo Cox murder Accuseds medical evidence will not form part of defence

first_imgPosters around Batley in West Yorkshire on the day of the funeral of Jo Cox  (pictured top right). Her husband Brendan (bottom right) led mournersCredit:PA On June 22 – Ms Cox’s birthday – a flower-laden barge was towed from the houseboat that was her family’s London address to Westminster.An online fundraising page has raised more than £1.5million for causes she supported. Members of the public hold their hands above their heads to show their respects for Jo Cox during a memorial in Trafalgar Square Hilary Benn, John Bercow, David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn arrive to pay their respects near to the scene of the murder of Jo CoxCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Prosecutor Tom Little told the Old Bailey: “The court will have seen an email from the solicitors for Thomas Mair and on the basis of that the prosecution understand that the issues will be factual. There’s no medical issue.”Cairns Nelson, defending, confirmed that the defendant has been assessed by doctors and that medical evidence will not form part of the defence. Mair was arrested in Birstall and is charged with the murder of Mrs Cox and grievous bodily harm with intent against Mr Kenny.He is further charged with possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of a knife. Hilary Benn, John Bercow, David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn arrive to pay their respects near to the scene of the murder of Jo Cox Mair’s case is being handled under the “terrorism protocol” as part of a terror list before Mr Justice Saunders.He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on October 4 for a plea hearing and a three-week trial has been listed to start from November 14.Mrs Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, was stabbed and shot as she got out of her car in Birstall, near Leeds, on the afternoon of June 16. Members of the public hold their hands above their heads to show their respects for Jo Cox during a memorial in Trafalgar SquareCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraphcenter_img She had spent the morning visiting a school and a care home in her west Yorkshire constituency and was on her way to her surgery in Birstall library.Pensioner Bernard Kenny, 77, tried to help Mrs Cox, but was himself stabbed in the abdomen.Mrs Cox was pronounced dead later that afternoon and a post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be multiple stab and gunshot wounds. A gardener accused of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox will not rely on his medical history at trial, a court has heard.Thomas Mair, 52, is accused of shooting the 41-year-old mother of two dead as she made her way to a constituency meeting.A court heard Mair’s legal team will not be relying on any medical evidence relating to his physical or mental health at trial.He denies having anything to do with Mrs Cox’s death. Floral tributes and candles by a picture of slain Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament SquareCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP Floral tributes and candles by a picture of slain Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament Square Mair, from Birstall, West Yorkshire, was due to appear via video link from top security Belmarsh jail.But his barrister gave permission for the brief preliminary hearing to be held in his absence because there was a technical problem. Posters around Batley in West Yorkshire on the day of the funeral of Jo Cox (pictured top right). Her husband Brendan (bottom right) led mourners Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more