During the year so far, Local Police in Málaga have issued 255 denuncias against the ladies caught offering flowers or lavender cuttings in a persistent and often intimidating manner to tourists in the street.
Most have been charged under the municipal ordinance relating to the Guarantee of Coexistence and the Protection of Urban Space for which the fine is €167.
Persistent offenders can find themselves prosecuted under Article 634 of the Penal Code for ‘disobedience’.
Police have identified around 50 flower ladies, many of whom have long criminal records for theft and robbery. One women had a record of 15 arrests, 13 of them for theft.
A total of ten women have so far been charged with robbing tourists while offering them carnations. It is notoriously difficult to either catch the flower ladies in the act of theft or to prove theft at a later stage, hence so few are ever arrested for theft.