From The Guardian UK: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/06/france-passes-law-illegal-to-pay-for-sex-criminalise-customers
Angelique Chrisafis in Paris Wednesday 6 April 2016
France is to make it illegal to pay for sex after MPs finally approved new legislation on prostitution following more than two years of rows and opposition by senators.
the new law, anyone caught purchasing an act from a sex worker will be
fined and required to attend classes on the harms of prostitution.
would be a €1,500 (£1,200) fine for a first offence, rising to €3,750
for a second, which would also be put on the person’s criminal record.
The offender would be forced to attend classes highlighting the harms of
The law was passed by 64 votes to 12 with many MPs absent.
French parliament started debating the bill in 2013, but the final vote
was delayed after several hearings owing to sharp divisions between the
lower parliamentary chamber and the senate.
The move makes France
one of only a handful of European countries to follow the Nordic model
of criminalising consumers rather than sex workers. These include Norway
and Iceland. Last year, Northern Ireland introduced legislation to make it the only part of the UK where people can be convicted of paying for sex.
The Socialist MP Maud Olivier, who championed the bill in France, said the aim was to “reduce [prostitution], protect prostitutes who want to leave it and to change mentalities”.
Complete article at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/06/france-passes-law-illegal-to-pay-for-sex-criminalise-customers
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