brothels, brothels in france, dominique Strauss-Kahn, empowering prostitutes, empowering women, exploiting women, france, france prostitution, france women, gender, gender equality, human trafficking, international monetary fund, legalizing prostitution, legalizing prostitution netherlands, metered, prostitution eastern europe, prostitution laws france, prostitutions asia, sex business, sex-trafficking, sexism, sexism in france, violence against women, women advocates, women empowerment, women's advocacy
Sylvia Corbet – The News & Observer – Monday, 02 December 2013 (originally published 26 Nov)
PARIS — France’s government is pushing one of Europe’s toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope that a draft French law going to parliament Wednesday will help change long-held attitudes toward the world’s oldest profession — by punishing the customer and protecting the prostitute.
The bill, however, is facing resistance in a country with a libertine reputation and a Mediterranean macho streak, and has prompted petitions defending those who buy sex. Signatories include screen icon Catherine Deneuve —who played a prostitute in the cult film “Belle de Jour” — and crooner Charles Aznavour.
Prostitution is currently legal in France, but brothels, pimping and soliciting in public are illegal . . .
. . . read complete article . . .