France Bans Paying Prostitutes For Sex, Here’s Why


In Paris, France, the French lawmakers have adopted a new law on Wednesday, March 6, which bans paying prostitutes for sex. Prostitution patronage of any kind would be punishable by law.

However, the law does not ban prostitution in the country, since it is legal in France – though brothel, pimping and the sale of sex by minors are illegal.

The new legislation, which passed 64-12 in the parliament’s lower house, the National Assembly, makes French law one of the toughest against sex buyers in Europe. It focuses the punishment on clients, introducing a €1,500 ($1,700) fine on offenders, plus the convicted client will be forced to attend therapy classes highlighting the dangers associated with prostitution.

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The measure, they said, will make it easier for the estimated 85% sex slaves who were victims of sex traffickers to be liberated and acquire a temporary residence permit if they enter a process to get out of the sex business.

Supporters of the bill argue that it will help fight trafficking networks. Maud Olivier, a lawmaker with the governing Socialists and a sponsor of the legislation, told The Associated Press: 

“The most important aspect of this law is to accompany prostitutes, give them identity papers because we know that 85 percent of prostitutes here are victims of trafficking.”

Olivier said that many of the sex workers who arrive in France have their passports confiscated by pimps.

“We will provide them with documents on the condition they commit to leave prostitution behind,” she added.

Reason For The Sex Legislation In France

In the French 1981 law, rape is defined as “an act of sexual penetration, of any nature, committed upon the other person, with violence, coercion, threat or surprise.”

The National Assembly in France has come to the decision that sexual intercourse for money is, by its nature, an act of coercion. It is therefore suggested that prostitution constitutes violence, and that it makes sense for the culprit of these imposed sexual relations — the client — to be penalized.

They also defined prostitution as, “sex between two people — between one person who wants it and one person who doesn’t. And since the desire is absent, payment is there to replace it.”

The legislature taken into account the outrageous human and financial cost of prostitution, and has decided to combat it with the only viable method, which has been tried and tested since 1999.

France’s parliament started debating the bill in 2013, but other countries like Sweden, Norway and Iceland passed a similar law against paying for sex.

The “Swedish” or “Nordic Method” which is now adopted by France, has succeeded at cutting back sexual exploitation everywhere in it has been implemented since they realized that sex purchasers are both the source and a requirement for the prostitution system.

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This method has succeeded at cutting back sexual exploitation everywhere it has been implemented. Swedish lawmakers have realized that the purchasers are both the source and a requirement for the prostitution system. The pimp only exists to supply a demand. Without clients to purchase the prostitutes, there is no market, and therefore no need for pimping nor for human trafficking.

It is unusual, therefore, for the pimps to be the only party penalized, as they are only second in the order of causality. The customers represent the main driving force behind the prostitution system and the violence that unfolds from it. They are directly responsible for the pimping and the human trade: The need for money constitutes a decisive coercion, even for those referred to as “volunteers.”

Every study done on clients demonstrates their knowledge of the behavior of rapists, and for good reason: prostitution is not only a form of rape, it’s taxed rape.

This law stands for nothing less than to say that women are not goods to be sold or rented. In other words, it’s all about human dignity.