In an effort to curb human trafficking, a group of French politicians have recommended criminalizing clients of prostitutes, meaning anyone who pays for sex from any kind of sex worker could face a fine and possible imprisonment.
As the Guardian is reporting, France would join Sweden, Norway and Iceland in imposing jail time for clients of sex workers. Proposals for the new law could be drawn up as early as this month, but would likely not be debated in parliament before 2012.
“There is no such thing as freely chosen and consenting prostitution,” Roselyne Bachelot, the social affairs minister, is quoted by the Guardian as saying. “The sale of sexual acts means women’s bodies are made available for men, independently of the wishes of those women.”