PROSTITUTION IN PARIS … ILLEGAL … BUT VERY MUCH PRACTISED ….

  Every day, and every night, women and men are being paid for sex here in Paris. This is because the April 14 2016 law which fines those that pay for sex, is not working. “I am the owner of my apartment,” one female prostitute says, “so let the law prove that a man having […]

 

Eiffel Tower ...what else? (Copyright Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

Eiffel Tower …what else? (Copyright Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

Every day, and every night, women and men are being paid for sex here in Paris.

This is because the April 14 2016 law which fines those that pay for sex, is not working.

“I am the owner of my apartment,” one female prostitute says, “so let the law prove that a man having sex with me is paying me for it!”

Indeed.

However, not all prostitutes – and I am now referring to both male and female – are the owners of their apartments, and have to solicit for clients on the streets of Paris.

There are ‘prostitute’ areas in Paris: Rue Saint-Denis in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement (district); Pigalle in Paris’s 18th arrondissement and Avenue Foch in Paris’s chic 16th arrondissement. So too the woods around Paris: the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes.

A majority of the prostitutes (and I am still speaking of both male and female ones) are from Romania and the other former Communist Bloc countries, and from Africa. Once, many had been Chinese from China or Cambodia, or Vietnam and Laos, but the financial situations of these former communist countries have improved, so today, a national of one of these, open a restaurant or a hairdressing salon here in Paris. (The French love Chinese food!)

Since April 14, just 40 men paying prostitutes for sex have been, according to the new law, fined for doing so. Some had been caught in the act, others when preparing for it. The fine is Euro 1500 ($1650/ £1211). The very first person to have had to pay the fine – he was caught in the act of sex – was a man in his 50s. He was apprehended in the forest outside the town of Fontainebleau, 68 kilometres (42 miles) from the capital.

Prostitutes are though saying that because of the new law their earnings are down. Having made +-300 euros a night, three nights can now pass without earning even one euro. I am not now speaking of high-class call girls working on recommendation or from Paris’s 5-star hotels, but from the woman or man standing on the street or in a wood waiting for a client to pull up in a car.

Meanwhile, there where prostitutes do ply their trade, kind hearts drive up in small vans, offering free goblets of coffee and a sandwich. Not to the clients of course, but to the prostitutes.

Should it be a client’s second (third etc) offence, the fine is increased to Euro 3,750 ($3030 / £4150).

Apparently, a prostitute’s busiest time is when an international conferenence, or an exhibition, is being held in Paris. Though never during the annual Book Fair: the prostitutes say that the publishers are all sleeping with each other!

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “PROSTITUTION IN PARIS … ILLEGAL … BUT VERY MUCH PRACTISED ….”

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    Rotton Says:

    It was eye opener and prevented to connect with prostitutes and be safe.

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