France Considers Prostitution Ban

Jessica Wakeman | December 7, 2011 - 9:20 am

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is crying into his champagne: politicians are considering a ban on prostitution in France. The law would make it illegal to pay for sex, punishing johns with six month prison sentences and $4,000 fines. Currently a john will only be punished if the prostitute is underage or “particularly vulnerable,” such as from illness; pimping is also illegal.

But opponents to prostitution say that’s not enough to stop the swell of sex trafficking into France, of which one MP said nine out of 10 working girls are victims. France’s sex workers’ trade union opposes the bill, saying sex trafficking and consensual prostitution are clearly different.

I agree with the sex workers and fear that criminalizing prostitution will only drive it further underground. What do readers think?  [BBC]

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