Streetwalker … Prostitute … Call Girl … Escort Girl … and France …

Sex and business do not mix. Now who said this? Whoever it was did not know what he or she was talking about. Here in France, the two go hand in hand. (I presume that so it does everywhere.) What I am talking about now is how French businesses (and government offices) are supplying their […]

Sex and business do not mix. Now who said this? Whoever it was did not know what he or she was talking about.

Here in France, the two go hand in hand. (I presume that so it does everywhere.)

What I am talking about now is how French businesses (and government offices) are supplying their contacts and/or potential clients with women. Women to fill in those hours between negotiations; women who will have sex with them.

Currently we have the Carlton Prostitution Case. The Carlton is the luxury Hotel Carlton in the northern French city of Lille. The executive manager (‘president’ is such an executive manager’s title), the police chief and several high-ranking police officers were all involved in the prostitution ring and they are now either in jail or out on control order bail. What was going on was that the ring supplied prostitutes not only for hotel clients but also to businessmen and politicians based elsewhere in France, like in Paris. The prostitutes were even at times flown to New York to ‘entertain’ clients there. I won’t be naming names but one man who used its services was recently in the news in New York.

But now, the Carlton ring being front page and prime time ‘breaking news’ news, women’s rights movements and politicians with clean slates (there are apparently still some) are saying that this kind of thing must stop. It must stop because what it comes down to is that it is us, the tax payers, who pay those prostitutes.

As the popular daily Le Parisien reported yesterday (November 23, 2011) there are approximately 20,000 prostitutes in France. Of them about one hundred – the escort girls – are on the books of luxury hotels, big businesses, organizations and even unscrupulous politicians. These escort girls are all multi-lingual, beautiful and well-groomed. They have to be on top of world affairs (sorry, but that’s no pun) to be able to discuss, say the Egyptian situation or Kaddafi’s downfall, with their ‘date’ of the night. It goes without saying that she must also know to keep her elbows off the table during dinner and know that Krug is the champagne that she must say is the only champagne that she drinks.

The escort girl will do nothing as vulgar as to put her hand out for her ‘pay’. This would have been settled already with the intermediary – in other words those on whose books she is.  She would be on a ‘job’ of perhaps only a few hours, but it could also be one of a few days, or a weekend. But the going fee for a night is €1500 ($2,000 / £1,300). For a day which will include attending cocktail receptions, a dinner and perhaps a shopping trip to advise on what to take home to the wife who is innocently looking after the children or grandchildren back home in Liverpool, Luanda or Los Angeles, the fee could go to €10,000 ($13,500 / £8,600). And it could go to several times that if the escort girl has to fly to say Dubai or Durban with a client or to offer her services there.

Now how legal is all of this?

It isn’t. Not only does the intermediary commit a crime (human trafficking) but so does the client (also human trafficking). As for the escort or prostitute or whatever you wish to call her she is also committing a crime. Prostitution is illegal in France, but the police must be able to prove that the sexual act which had taken place was not for pleasure or love, in other words it was for money, and this brings in the human trafficking aspect.  It’s therefore a thin line between legal and illegal.  For this reason you may on your next visit to Paris see very elegantly and beautifully made-up young women walk slowly along Avenue des Champs-Elysées. They are the ‘walkers’. They are prostitutes but as long as they keep on walking the police can’t take them for ‘street walkers’ as they could just be shoppers or sightseers. (Please, not that not all the women you will see walking on their own along the Champs-Elysées are prostitutes.)

What is the punishment if found guilty of human trafficking for the purposes of sex?  Six months in prison and a fine of €3,000 ($4,050 / £2,600).

Meanwhile, there is no such thing as a prostitute, call girl, escort girl here in France. They are all interpreters or personal assistants.

Now if you believe that … you will believe anything.

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

2 Responses

11-24-2011 at 12:58:37

France has always had the reputation for prostitution. Wasn’t it legal at one time?

12-19-2011 at 14:57:27

Marilyn, I hope these girls have the savvy to invest their earnings as I’m sure they can’t do this kind of work for too long. I don’t think this is happening only in France……..I’m sure many a contract is signed and sealed in the bedroom.

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