Sex law likely to follow the Swedish model in criminalizing the buying rather than the selling
13 December, 2011
December 13 a preliminary vote in France’s National Assembly set events in motion : a bill will now be brought to criminalize prostitution itself, though it seems likely to follow the Swedish model in criminalizing the buying rather than the selling. That’s in sharp contrast to the United States, where states almost universally punish prostitutes themselves as well as their clients. An estimated 20,000 people work as prostitutes in France, which is not illegal, although solicitation is. The issue of prostitution in France has been thrown into the spotlight recently with widespread media coverage of the case of eight people in Lille charged with operating a ring that provided sex workers to clients including, allegedly, former IMF chief, Dominque Strauss-Kahn.
The non-binding resolution was approved by a show of hands in France’s lower house.