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Prostitution in France

Gill Allwood

in International approaches to prostitution

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346728
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302612 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346728.003.0004
Prostitution in France

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This chapter explores the way in which French law has recreated prostitution as a security issue. Prostitution has been high on the public and political agenda in France since the late 1990s. Changes in global migration patterns, the collapse of the Soviet bloc, and the perception that French laws are lenient, have all contributed to the rise in the trafficking of women into France. The different perspectives on prostitution within France are elaborated. The existing laws and policies, and the operation of laws and policies on French prostitution, are also investigated. There have been debates on the legalisation and decriminalisation of French prostitution. These debates have been paralysed by hostile opposition from abolitionists and prostitutes' rights advocates.

Keywords: French prostitution; French law; global migration; Soviet bloc; trafficking; France; legalisation; decriminalisation

Chapter.  7924 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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