France may make it illegal to pay for sex, 13 April 2011

MPs have recommended criminalising clients of sex workers, saying 80% of prostitutes are victims of slavery and trafficking. France is to consider making it illegal to pay for sex, in a rethink of prostitution laws. A cross-party commission of French MPs have recommended criminalising all clients of sex workers, meaning anyone who buys sex from any kind of prostitute would face prison and a fine. If a law is introduced, France would join only a handful of European countries where clients of sex workers face prison. In 1999 Sweden became the first, followed by Norway and Iceland.