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    Prostitutes roaming the streets of Salerno will now face fines of up to 500 euros for their scanty attire and flirtatious behavior, The Local reported.

    Mayor Enzo Napoli proposed the move following a spike in the number of streetwalkers in the city center.

    The city authorities will also use the fines in their bid to deter prostitutes, a spokesperson for Salerno council told The Local.

    “Unfortunately, you can't fine somebody for the intention to prostitute – which makes it difficult to counteract the phenomenon,” he said.

    The authorities also hope that the fines will encourage the scantily-clad sex workers to cover up, thus making them less attractive to clients and be less visible everybody else.

    In Italy prostitution is legal, but pimping, soliciting and brothels are outlawed.

    City authorities across Italy have in the past used all kinds of creative measures to phase out prostitution, including a ban on miniskirts and forcing streetwalkers to don high-visibility jackets.

    Other cities, such as Rome, have created 'tolerance zones' by setting aside areas of the city where prostitutes can work without fear of police intervention.

    In December 2015, eight members of the South Korean girl band Oh My Girl were denied entrance to the United States after LA immigration officials suspected them of being sex workers.

    After being held for 15 hours the young women had to fly back home.

    Their management company said they were mistaken as “working women.”


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