Loi Sur La Prostitution

Published: December 1, 2013

Loi Sur La Prostitution, MPs finally voted for an amendment increasing the penalties in cases of violence, sexual assault or rape prostitutes.

The French Parliament adopted Friday a controversial section of the law criminalizing the clients of prostitutes, measurement flagship of a bill that some fear counterproductive. MPs voted by show of hands available the most controversial text, which punishes the purchase of sexual acts of a contravention of 1,500 euros. The text as a whole will vote on Dec. 4. In case of recidivism, the offense becomes a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of 3,750 euros “for the sake of education and deterrence, gradual and progressive,” according to an amendment passed.

Alternative to fine or additional punishment, a “stage of awareness of the fight against the purchase of sexual acts” is expected.

Despite the reluctance of both UMP (right, opposition), MEPs have repealed the offense of passive soliciting that penalized prostitutes, a measure demanded by them.

They also voted for social support measures for those who want to leave prostitution, which will be powered by a fund of 20 million euros per year. Foreign involved in this “exit route” headed by an approved organization will be eligible for a residence of six months, renewable.

MPs finally voted for an amendment increasing the penalties in cases of violence, sexual assault or rape of prostitutes who are considered “vulnerable persons”, as is already disabled or pregnant women.

After the “DSK affair” that has caused the ink on the morals of a country considered tolerant of debauchery, the debate is crystallized for weeks in society about the legitimacy of government to legislate on a matter of private nature but also on the idea that prostitutes are victims under the yoke of violent crime networks.

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