Under New Law, France Would No Longer Be Sexual Playground of Men Like Dominique Strauss-Kahn

In the aftermath of the scandal surrounding Dominique Strauss-Kahn last year, the French National Assembly signed a Resolution that “reaffirms the abolitionist position of France, the objective of which is ultimately a society without prostitution” on December 6, 2011. This resolution represents France’s recognition that prostitution is not sex work that should be legalized or regulated, but that it should rather be addressed as incompatible with France’s values of gender equality and human rights. Now, there is pending new legislation that follows the Nordic, or Swedish, model law–which would provide services and resources for women in prostitution and would criminalize sex buyers and pimps.

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