Connect with us

News

France Makes it Illegal to Pay for Sex

Published

 on

A protester (C) holds a sign reading "Angry prostitutes, don't touch our clients!" during a demonstration by sex workers and supporters near the French National Assembly in Paris on April 6, 2016, as French lawmakers take part in a final debate on a bill that would make it illegal to pay for sex. French lawmakers were poised on April 6 to pass a controversial law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines of up to 3,500 euros ($3,970) on prostitutes' clients. / AFP / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

A protester (C) holds a sign reading “Angry prostitutes, don’t touch our clients!” during a demonstration by sex workers and supporters near the French National Assembly in Paris on April 6, 2016, as French lawmakers take part in a final debate on a bill that would make it illegal to pay for sex.
French lawmakers were poised on April 6 to pass a controversial law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines of up to 3,500 euros ($3,970) on prostitutes’ clients.

France has made it illegal for people to pay for sex. The government will impose fines of up to €3,750 (£3,027, $4,274), and those who break the law will be forced to take classes about the tough conditions prostitutes face.

The move has been in contention for two years, according to BBC, because the two houses of parliament did not agree.

Some prostitutes protested the law during the final debate. As it is now illegal to pay for sex, they may be forced to go out of their way to protect their clients from getting caught, which may put them in more danger, critics argue. Many have reportedly been asked by their clients to go to their homes, as opposed to public or neutral areas.

Supporters of the law say it humanizes prostitutes as victims, and encourages them to come forward if they are being abused.

Outlawing those who pay for sex is becoming a European trend, as BBC reports –

Sweden was the first country to criminalise those who pay for sex rather than the prostitutes, introducing the law in 1999. Other countries have since adopted the so-called “Nordic model”: Norway in 2008, Iceland in 2009, and Northern Ireland in 2014.

Earlier this year, the European parliament approved a resolution calling for the law to be adopted throughout the continent.

Prostitution in France is not a crime, but now, paying for sexual acts, human trafficking, having a brothel and pimping are illegal.

Photo Credit: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

15 Comments

  1. ElessarisElendil

    April 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Interesting, very interesting; so France is saying not every action should be allowed just because its between “two consenting adults”.????

  2. Jezebel

    April 7, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I can almost hear France’s serial killers clap their hands in glee.

  3. pinopino

    April 7, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Nigeria should also impose fine on all runs girls and the men patronizing them. It is also prostitution in a coded way!
    France una do well!

    • Engoz

      April 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      France just said ‘ashawo no be work’ in Pidgin english, lol.

    • Baba

      April 7, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Kill the only joy left for Naija men….Do you know how men have moved back home to Naija,just for this ‘Oloshos’!!!!

  4. Xyz

    April 7, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I still can’t understand why prostitution is illegal while adultery is not.

    • ElessarisElendil

      April 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Shhhh, don’t be bringing logic into things like this nah. Why is sex with your girlfriend after Valentine not illegal too???

      Separation of Church and State people about to bring up religion.

    • Xyz

      April 7, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Sex with your girlfriend isn’t hurting anyone so why should it be illegal? Not saying prostitution is ok, but I don’t think it hurts anyone as it is between two consenting adults. In adultery most times someone is getting hurt, cheated, lied to. Considering it is supposed to be a legal agreement and union. Anyway, just thinking out loud.

    • nene

      April 7, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      prostitution is a social ill, adultery not so much. adultery is usually hidden and it’s technically illegal because a woman can divorce her husband because of infidelity, but some women choose not to.

  5. Hannah

    April 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Great step in the right Direction.

  6. Drknite

    April 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    That’s a dumb law. They don’t have the manpower and resources to enforce it. Beside that’s some people livelihood they are taking away.

    • Pretty girl

      April 7, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      @Drknite prostitution is not the only work in the world there are order things u can do to make money

  7. what it is

    April 8, 2016 at 7:38 am

    paternalism and tyranny of the parliament

  8. Ephi

    April 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Hopefully this would reduce sex trafficking, from that angle I def support it.

  9. Ikido

    April 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Ladies: You see….you shouldnt make me spend money before i am able to “get some”. Now there is a legal reason why i dont need to spend money on you just bcos i wanna hit it. Why? because we need to remain Law-abiding citizens. I rest my case

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tangerine Africa


Star Features

css.php