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Friday, November 29, 2013

French MPs Debate/Vote Ban on Paying for Sex Friday Nov 29,2013

The French parliament is to debate a bill which would crack down on prostitution by imposing hefty fines on anyone paying for sex. 

Prostitution is legal in France but until now only soliciting and pimping were illegal.

Under the bill, those caught paying for sex would face an initial fine of 1,500 euros (£1,250; $2,030).

Critics say the measure would drive the sex trade underground in a country which has up to 40,000 prostitutes.

Protests for and against the bill took place outside the National Assembly in Paris as the debate took place.

 Sex worker activist protests against bill in Paris. 29 Nov 2013  

People demonstrate on November 29, 2013 in Paris to protest against a bill that would punish those who use prostitutes  


Only about 30 members of the National Assembly were present when the debate began on Nov 29,2013 Friday afternoon.

Maud Olivier, the Socialist MP who presented the bill, attacked the "hypocrisy" of critics in her opening speech.

Women's Rights Minister and Govt spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told MPs that France was "not a country that welcomes prostitution".
"The question is not sexuality, we are not there to be moral police... the question is about money that feeds pimping," she said

Guy Geoffroy, head of the parliamentary commission created for the bill, also defended the proposition, saying it "advanced women's rights".
"We talk about the satisfaction of male desires but what are we doing about female desires?" he asked.

MPs voted for the fine in a show of hands late on Nov 29,2013Friday night although the full text of the bill - which contains 20 articles - will be put to the vote on December 4,2013

French MPs have approved a bill that will penalise anyone paying for sex.
The bill, which was adopted by a vote of 268 to 138, with 79 abstentions, establishes a fine of at least 1,500 euros ($2,030) for buying sexual acts

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