Sexual health and violence (Spain)
Joaquín Sorolla’s painting shows four young prostitutes with their procurer, sleeping in a third class carriage. The painter wanted to show the dramatic circumstances of young girls from less privileged classes. Then as now, poverty increased the risk of ending up in forced prostitution, with the risks to sexual, reproductive and emotional health this entails.
In 21st century Europe many young women, mainly emigrants from poor countries, are forced to prostitute themselves in conditions of semi-slavery and ill-treatment.