France fights prostitution by punishing the client

by Annalisa Lista - 2016.04.07
France fights prostitution by punishing the client
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France has become the fifth European country, after Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom, to introduce punishments for those who pay for sex acts. Voted by a large majority after two and a half years of bitter debate, the law, which intensifies the fight against prostitution, is based on three key points. The first: the introduction of heavy fines for those who pay for sexual acts: from €1,500 up to €3,750 for reoffenders. The second: the repeal of the offence of passive soliciting for sex workers. This measure is based on the principle that sees the prostitute as a victim who is not guilty of a crime. The third: rehabilitation and social integration courses for those wishing to get out of the trap. There is also an additional measure for immigrants: they receive a residence permit for at least six months to complete the course.

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