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France may make it illegal to pay for sex

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:04 pm



France is to consider making it illegal to pay for sex, in a rethink of prostitution laws.

A cross-party commission of French MPs have recommended criminalising all clients of sex workers, meaning anyone who buys sex from any kind of prostitute would face prison and a fine.

If a law is introduced, France would join only a handful of European countries where clients of sex workers face prison. In 1999 Sweden became the first, followed by Norway and Iceland.

The Socialist Danielle Bousquet and Guy Geoffroy of Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing UMP said clients must understand that any visit to a prostitute encouraged slavery and trafficking – which 80% of the estimated 20,000 sex-workers in France were victims of.

Roselyne Bachelot, the social affairs minister, favours criminalising clients. She told the commission inquiry: "There is no such thing as freely chosen and consenting prostitution. The sale of sexual acts means women's bodies are made available for men, independently of the wishes of those women."

Proposals for a law could be drawn up this month but it would not be debated in parliament before 2012.

In France prostitution is not illegal, but activities around it are. Brothels, once the subject of artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, were outlawed in 1946. Pimping is illegal, as is paying for sex from a minor. In 2003 a controversial law against soliciting was introduced by Sarkozy, then interior minister, making it illegal to stand in a public place known for prostitution dressed in revealing clothes. Sex-workers' groups in France have long campaigned for legal status and rights.

The French actor, Philippe Caubère, famous for playing Molière, is open about regularly paying sex-workers €200 for sex. He said the government was playing politics in the runup to next year's presidential election. "First it was immigrants, now it's prostitutes. This is plain populism and shows a disdain for individual liberties," he said. He told Le Parisien the government was not doing enough under existing laws to help exploited and trafficked women. "As for the other women, leave them alone. They take care of men who mostly live in sexual misery and terrible solitude. They are remarkable women."

Mouvement du Nid, a French group campaigning to end prostitution, published a study in 2004 which found 41% of male clients of sex workers said they were married and 57% were fathers.

The French justice minister, Michel Mercier, supports criminalising clients, but the interior minister, Claude Guéant, said it would be difficult to make buying sex a crime when prostitution itself was not illegal.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/13/france-illegal-pay-sex


It's the exploitation of women that I object to. Prostitutes who "choose" the way of life to make a living are few and far between. Many have no other choice, supporting an addiction or even their own AND their partner's addition to drugs. Being pimped by men who seek to gain financially. Women need to be protected but if they "choose" to earn money in this way then fair enough, each to their own.

I don't believe prostitution will ever be stopped, regardless of the law No

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Post by Guest on Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:07 pm

Me neither FTL, but there are a lot of women forced into it, so it would help them.

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Post by Guest on Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:09 pm

sassy1261 wrote:Me neither FTL, but there are a lot of women forced into it, so it would help them.

Let's hope so Sad x

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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:04 am

About time, men who pay for sex should face jail time, long jail time

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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:23 am

France is only addressing half the problem. I agree men who pay for sex should face jail time, however to stamp out the problem completely it should also be an offence to offer sex for money and therefore the purveyors including the pimps should also face jail time. Until the whole issue is addressed, prostitution will still be rife in France.

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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:23 am

fred bloggs wrote:France is only addressing half the problem. I agree men who pay for sex should face jail time, however to stamp out the problem completely it should also be an offence to offer sex for money and therefore the purveyors including the pimps should also face jail time. Until the whole issue is addressed, prostitution will still be rife in France.

I really have no interest in consensual adults having sex for any reason other than procreation.

The thousands of trafficked women abused by prostitution through being kidnapped by international gangs HAS to be addressed as hearing some of the testimony of young women forced to "entertain" vast numbers of men here in the West every day, it is obvious that no help is ever offered to an obviously unhappy abused women by any of their "customers".

By addressing this problem then British sex workers are also "phased out" than I'm sorry I cannot feel any sympathy for them. Get a proper job you little .......

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