Under the new law of France, clients caught paying prostitutes for sex will be fined €1,500. That penalty will rise to €3,750 for repeat offenders.
The new law will also overturn a 2003 law that made it illegal for prostitutes to solicit for sex and so will effectively make the client the criminal for buying sex rather than the prostitute for selling it. And as expected MPs gave the green light to a measure that women’s rights groups have long called for but prostitutes, who are set to demonstrate outside parliament fear will only make their lives more dangerous. Around 60 sex workers staged a noisy protest outside parliament during the final debate on the bill, some carrying banners that read: “Don’t liberate me, I’ll take care of myself!”, while another poster read, in English, “Sex work is work.”