French Parliament Backs Reform Of Law On Prostitution

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November 30, 2013 AT 5:22 AM
The French parliament early on Saturday backed a reform of the country's prostitution law that will impose a 1,500-euro fine on anyone paying for sex. The bill will give France some of the toughest legislation on prostitution in Europe, similar to that of Sweden. Under the new bill, prostitutes' clients will become offenders while soliciting itself will no longer be considered a criminal offense. Previously, buying and selling sex for money was not illegal in France but the act of soliciting was, as was pimping. The reform, which has divided the country, still needs to be formerly endorsed by parliament on Wednesday.