Environment Ministry, Ombudsman in dispute over brothels

The Environment Ministry and the Ombudsman have clashed over whether it should be permitted to open brothels in exclusively residential areas, Kathimerini has learned.

The ministry’s town planning service deemed that such areas should be protected as strictly residential. The State Legal Council reportedly shares this view.

But the Ombudsman apparently maintains that the establishment of brothels in residential areas does not violate the letter of the law, noting that the imposition of restrictions leads toward the creation of illegal brothels rather than licensed one.

The controversy arose after a woman on the island of Lesvos complained to the Ombudsman after she was denied permission to open a brothel in a residential area.

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