The European Freedom Network is delighted to share the great news below. EFN was able to assist the campaign by providing research and advice and facilitating networking between NGOs. Congratulations to Mihaela Djorgova especially and to other EFN partners and their co-belligerents.
MP Stephen Kenov of the “Bulgarian Democratic Centre” political party has said that the draft of a bill to legalise prostitution in Bulgaria has no support and will not be adopted in this Parliament.
“I want to apologize to all Bulgarian citizens whose moral values I somehow threatened. Nevertheless, at the moment I see no parliamentary support,” he said on one of the Bulgarian national TV channels on Friday, May 15th.
The reason for the invitation and Kenov’s apology in the media was an open letter, sent by 25 organizations, that was sent to the government the day before, asking them to oppose the legalization of prostitution in the country.
Otherwise, the bill was expected to be tabled in the National Assembly within weeks. The purpose was to legalize brothels, getting them to pay an annual licence fee and charging 10% income tax on all brothel employees.
Mihaela Djorgova, from Association of Society and Values, coordinator of the campaign, said to the media, that everywhere where prostitution has been legalized there is a significant increase in human trafficking, sexual exploitation and illegal prostitution.