Last updated on: 8/28/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Apr. 6, 2016 – France Bans the Purchase (But Not the Sale) of Sex

“The French parliament has finally approved changes to the country’s prostitution laws.

On Wednesday [Apr. 6, 2016] legislators approved a bill against prostitution and sex trafficking that bans buying sex, not selling it. Customers who break the law will face fines and be made to attend awareness classes on the harms of the sex trade…

Supporters of the bill argue that it will help fight trafficking networks… But opponents fear that cracking down will push prostitutes to hide, leaving them even more at the mercy of pimps and violent clients…

[T]he legislation has been inspired by Sweden, which passed a similar measure in 1999.”