In France, now it is illegal to buy sex, but not selling it.
French lawmakers approved a bill against prostitution and sex trafficking. They did away with the 2003 law which banned passive soliciting by sex workers on the street.
The new bill focuses the punishment on the client as they will have to pay fine and attend awareness classes on the harms of the sex trade.
The sex buyer will have to pay $1,700 as a fine which will rise to $4,270 for the second offense.
It will be now easier for foreign sex workers to acquire a temporary residence permit if they leave the sex trade.
The bill treats sex worker as a victim rather than criminal. Countries like Norway and Iceland follows this model of criminalising consumers.
The supporters of the bill argued that it will help fight trafficking networks.
Maud Olivier, a lawmaker, said, “The most important aspect of this law is to accompany prostitutes, give them identity papers because we know that 85 percent of prostitutes here are victims of trafficking.”
— BambiJudge (@JudgeBambi) April 7, 2016
This is awesome. Finally some repercussion for the men. France passes divisive law criminalising customers https://t.co/niA8D6tJ87
— Jana Banana (@janakaibanana) April 7, 2016
France has FINALLY adapted the Nordic model and passed the law to make it illegal for men to buy sex! https://t.co/1Djw2nUqXf
— dilâra ♀ (@DilaraGurcu) April 6, 2016
However, the opponents warned that cracking down on clients could push sex workers to hide.
Also, they will become even more at the mercy of pimps and violent clients.
— SWOP NSW (@SWOPnsw) April 7, 2016
France passes law making it illegal to pay for sexhttps://t.co/B5gM712vdP
I have no words for how STUPID this is.
— Mistress Evilyne LDN (@MsEvilyne) April 7, 2016
In France where way more than half those who sell sex are migrants the law is #antimigration. Message is if you want to do this – Leave.
— Laura Agustín (@LauraAgustin) April 6, 2016