The French parliament is set to rubber stamp a nasty new law to endanger sex workers and criminalise their customers
The stand-out measure from the bill and the one that has caused the most controversy is the law that will see clients fined if they are caught paying for sex. Under the plan, customers will be fined up to 1,500 euro and up to 3,750 euro for repeat
offenders. Presumably France does not have the concept of incitement to commit a crime.
A period of grace will also be introduced so clients will not immediately be fined, but they will be expected to take heed of the new law.
The measure has not only been criticised by sex workers, who fear they will become victim to yet more violence, stigmatization and poverty but also by police, charities and rights groups, who doubt it will have the desired impact in reducing
The second measure in the bill will repeal of the law that made passive soliciting illegal, ie dressing to attract customers. This measure has been largely welcomed by all sides.
These new bodies that will come under the authority of the council in each of France's Apartements will be tasked with coordinating action to help sex workers and to tackle trafficking.
Update: Law passed
7th April 2016. See article from theguardian.com
France is to make it illegal to pay for sex after MPs approved new legislation on prostitution following more than two years of rows and opposition by senators.
Under the new law, anyone caught purchasing an act from a sex worker will be fined and required to attend classes on the harms of prostitution.
There would be a 1,500 euro (£1,200) fine for a first offence, rising to 3,750 euros for a second, which would also be put on the person's criminal record. The victim would be forced to attend classes highlighting the supposed harms of prostitution.
The law was passed by 64 votes to 12 with many MPs absent.
Update: Sex workers protest
9th April 2016. See article from centralchronicle.com
The French union of sex workers are protesting against the repressive bill that imposes fines on clients paying for sex.
Sex workers in France expressed their dismay protesting outside the National Assembly on 6 April. According to the union of sex workers STRASS, the law will make the nearly 30,000 sex workers in France more vulnerable.