Pr0.stitutes in France marched to the front National Assembly building in Paris, France to protest after a new law was passed that penalizes the patronage of pr0.stitutes. The French parliament on Wednesday passed a law that now makes it illegal to pay for s*x in France making them the 5th European country (after Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the U.K) in the world to criminalize pr0.stitution.
Under the new law, pimping and brothels remain illegal, while it is legal to offer your body for sale but illegal for someone to buy it.
Offenders may be fined up to €3,750 (about $4,300) and required to attend classes about the conditions of s*x workers.
The law also establishes measures to help pr0stitutes find new work, and makes it easier for foreign s*x workers to acquire temporary residency permits.
France’s Socialist government welcomed the new legislation. The bill’s architect
Maud Olivier told AFP: “This law is essential to ending the idea that it is normal to buy someone’s body.”
“The goal is to diminish [prostitution], protect prostitutes who want to quit, and change mentalities. We will succeed in changing the mentality, but new efforts are needed to raise awareness, to train police officers and magistrates.”
But some of France’s nearly 30,000 pr0.stitutes did not share Olivier’s conviction. About 60 demonstrators, including s*x workers, protested the new law outside the Parliament, some carrying a sign that read, “Don’t Liberate Me, I’ll Take Care of Myself!”