France -Criminal responsibility shifts from sex workers to clients -December 04, 2013

The parliament has voted to impose punitive fines on prostitutes' customers as part of a controversial law aimed at helping sex workers throw off the shackles of pimps and organised criminal gangs. The proposals, introduced under a private members' bill, shift the criminal responsibility away from the estimated 40,000 prostitutes in France and on to their clients. The vast majority of sex industry workers are believed to be controlled by criminal gangs and international trafficking networks.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/01/french-mps-fines ...

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/dec/04/france-law-fines-prostitution-clients

 

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