French Sex Workers Banned From Wearing Skimpy Clothes!

It sounds like a a wind up, but it is apparently true. France is apparently making it illegal to LOOK like a prostitute. That’s right, you can’t walk around waring skimpy clothes. You really couldn’t make it up!

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This is a new anti-vice law, which makes ‘passive soliciting’, or appearing to be selling sex, illegal.

A lot of this is due to the growing red light districts in Paris, in areas such as Pigalle and Rue St Denis.

It now seems that prostitutes in France will have to wear jeans and jumpers to get around the rules, whilst non sex workers will get caught in some unfortunate dragnet.

A National Debate

The law will be enshrined in Article 225 of the penal code, which will outlaw ‘the act of publicly soliciting another person for paid sex, by any means, including passive behaviour’.

But French sex workers’ union Strass described the law as ‘a huge step backwards’.

Spokesman Chloe Navarro said: “It is making criminals of women for how they dress, and victimising prostitutes for doing their job and aggravating their working conditions.”

The current French legal position on prostitution is that it is legal to seek or offer money for sexual services, as long as it isn’t advertised. Only pimping and soliciting is actually illegal.

This however, is not seen as enough by anti-prostitution group Mouvement du Nid, who believe that it should be illegal for clients to buy sex; something that is known as the ‘Swedish model’ elsewhere in Europe.

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However, the country is very much split on the subject.

Two years ago, right-wing MP Chantal Brunel launched her own campaign to legalise brothels in France.

She told parliament: “Women selling sex should be allowed to do so legally on special licensed premises.

“It would give them a legal taxable income and they would not be handing over large sums of their earning to a pimp.”

The Wrong Turn

To be fair, I was going to on a huge rant about how stupid this law actually is. How on earth is getting prostitutes to wear more clothes really a way of having a sensible discussion on the future of the sex industry? However, I don’t need to state the obvious to the loyal readers on our pages.

This just goes to show the battle that sex workers and their advocates have got on their hands, with governments thinking they know what is right for the people. Thankfully the French government doesn’t seem to be taking this TOO far. When I say too far, I mean criminalising the purchase of sex. What better way can you think of to force prostitution underground, and in doing to, put the lives of sex workers in danger?

Escort Wales will always fight for the rights of sex workers all over the world. It is a job we are proud to do.

So remember French girls, wrap up warm and leave the mini-skirts at home.

I really need a lie down.

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Martin Ward

Martin Ward is a well respected editor and writer with over five years experience in the adult industry. After stints in the Escort Advertising call centre and on the escort forum, he moved into the site editor position around three years ago.

Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.

When he isn't fighting the good fight, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, and young daughter. He also enjoys reading and taking long walks.
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