Prostitutes soon to be forbidden fruit … for men here in France …

France’s parliament is soon to debate legislation to make it a punishable offence for a man to pay a prostitute for sex. According to the two parliamentarians who have initiated the debate, if a man pays a woman for sex then he is making a statement that she is an inferior human being. The two […]

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France’s parliament is soon to debate legislation to make it a punishable offence for a man to pay a prostitute for sex.

According to the two parliamentarians who have initiated the debate, if a man pays a woman for sex then he is making a statement that she is an inferior human being.

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The two parliamentarians are Danielle Bousquet of the Socialist party, and Guy Geoffroy, of the governing right-wing UMP party.

If the law is to be debated, which would not be for a while yet, and is passed, the 20,000+ prostitutes who ply their trade here in France, 80% of them female, will be jobless.

What Madame Bousquet, gray-haired and plump at 66, and the balding, gray-haired Monsieur Geoffroy, 62, envisage is that a man caught with a prostitute would be fined according to his income, while he may also face a jail sentence.

France’s recently-appointed Minister of the Interior, Claude Guéant, asked by journalist what he made of the idea replied that, as prostitution is not illegal per se, how could having paid for her or his services be a criminal act.

The minister’s doubt is echoed by the police who wonder how exactly they would have to make the arrest? Rush into a room where the sex act is taking place, or pouncing later to fine him there on the spot? Or maybe wait until he is back out on the street, trousers zipped, to ask him to identify himself and then to post the violation papers to him?  And if the fine will depend on a client’s income, how would the police verify the income?  Would the culprit have to hand over his income tax declaration?

Prostitutes, speaking to journalists, say that rumors of such legislation have been going around for a while now and they have accordingly already experienced a drop in income. An enthusiastic sex worker can earn up to €30,000 ($44,000 / £27,000) a month. But apparently not in a month when there are many football or rugby matches, or a World Cup of one or the other, because then the men stay at home to watch the matches on TV with the wives and children, all eating crisps.

It is already a punishable offence with a fine of €45,000 ($65,000 / £40,000) and three years in jail for a man to pay a minor (aged 15/18) for sex. Younger than 15 and it is pedophilia and years and years in jail. And a client of a particularly vulnerable prostitute (a mentally or physically challenged person or a pregnant woman) faces a €100,000 ($144,000 / £89,000) fine and 7 years in jail.

Another interesting statistic is that 41% of men who frequent prostitutes are married, and 57% are fathers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

4 Responses to “Prostitutes soon to be forbidden fruit … for men here in France …”

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    Marilyn Z. Tomlins Says:

    I agree Susie; and why write books if you can earn that kind of money lying back!

    As for ‘the oldest profession in the world’; that’s an old cliche and a wrong one at that. There were hunters, planters, weavers, hut builders, astronomists and astrologists etc long before there were prostitutes because prostitutes had to be ‘paid’ for their favours and first men had to get something to pay them with; a cut of meat, a pelt, an apple?

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    Susie Says:

    I wouldn’t regard anybody capable of earning 30,000 euros a month as an inferior being! In fact, I’d take my hat off to them.

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    Jo Wake Says:

    I have always believed that trying to stop prostitution is liable to cause more sexual attacks on women. As Charmaine said, it is the oldest profession in the world, I don’t think it could ever be eradicated anyway.

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    Charmaine Howard Says:

    Your Comments
    Interesting…..though I doubt if they will ever put a stop to the oldest profession in the world. As a Christian I cannot condone prostitution but these men are paying for services rendered so I don’t see how this makes the statement that the ladies are inferior human beings.
    This is their way of earning a living. I don’t know howmany of them would change their profession if they had a choice. Might be intersting to know if a survey has ever been done amongst the ladies.

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