Authorities probe porn films made on city streets in Spain

Shoppers may have been just a little surprised if they had happened to be on one of Madrid’s busiest commercial zones one late October morning to see a scantily clad young woman, blindfolded and gagged wondering through the crowds.

Photo credit: Cumlouder

Photo credit: Cumlouder

Earlier that morning, the same woman had been seen with her breasts bared, arms tied behind her back and wearing a ball gag as she was led through the streets in front of Madrid’s Reina Sofia.

She wasn’t a victim of a crime but a willing participant in sadomasochistic scenes for a porno film that appeared online this week.

While some onlookers gaped open mouthed at the scenes before them, others took out their mobile phones to record their own footage and one young mother dragged her child away while shouting reprimands at the women to cover up.

The scenes appear to be the latest in a new trend by porno filmmakers to take to the streets in broad daylight to capture scenes in front of some of Spain’s famous landmarks.

The photos were published on Wednesday in Spain’s El Mundo newspaper which questioned whether a crime had been committed.

Madrid’s City Hall confirmed that no official filming permits had been authorised but explained that none were needed unless filming involved the use of cameras on tripods.

Police are considering whether the scenes could be considered “a crime of exhibitionism” under the Citizen Security Law which carries fines of between €100- €600 for public displays of nudity.

Meanwhile in Barcelona, city councillors have called on residents to report suspicious behaviour after some of Barcelona’s landmarks, including Gaudi’s unfinished Sagrada Familia, and the touristy throroughfare of La Rambla, were spotted in recent porn films.

According to a report in the Catalan newspaper El Periodico, most of the film-makers shoot their scenes quickly and if caught, put fines down as an expense.

Written by The Local ES