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Dec. 1254 – France Abolishes Prostitution

In Dec. 1254 St. Louis [King Louis IX of France] ordered the expulsion of all ‘women of evil life’ from his kingdom and the confiscation of their belongings and even their clothing. In 1256 he repeated the order to expel women ‘free with their bodies and other common harlots’, but he adds that it would be desirable to drive them out of respectable streets, to keep them as far away as possible from religious establishments, and when feasible, to force them to lodge outside the city walls. In 1269, on the eve of his departure for his second crusade, he sent the regents a letter reminding them of the decree of 1254 and urging them to enforce it strictly so that this evil could be extirpated root and branch.”