Italian Authorities Combating Prostitution with Deforestation

In an attempt to curb prostitution, authorities in the Italian Abruzzo region have opted for deforestation along the river Tronto's banks, where almost 600 prostitutes peddle their trade. As The Guardian reports, the vegetation in the area has made it difficult for law enforcement to police the area, and after various failed measures--surveillance cameras, fines, 24-hour patrols--the local officials believed that "the time had come for drastic measures."

Naturally environmental groups aren't pleased. Cutting down the region's vegetation would have serious consequences for the eco-system, and, hey, it's not like the trees ever hurt anyone. According to a statement from three environmental groups, including the WWF

... the scheme would destroy 28 hectares (69 acres) of woodland vital to local ecosystems, saying the only crime of the thousands of trees on the local authorities' hit list had been to "offer with their fronds shelter and intimacy to sex slaves".

The authorities, they added, had "not even taken into account mitigating circumstances". "Among these are having absorbed thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide and given man precious oxygen," they said. They also prevented fertiliser and pesticides from reaching the river.


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Rebecca Greenfield is a former staff writer at The Wire.

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