12/5/1213 -- International Business Times -- "French MPs Vote to Fine Prostitution Clients" Equality Now's Brendan Wynne:
A key element of the bill which France voted in favour of is to focus on the buyer's choice and criminalise the demand for commercial sex, which perpetuates gender inequality and fuels sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. The legislation would also decriminalise the person in prostitution and provide exiting services and support.
A trend is also starting to emerge throughout Europe, with Ireland due to vote on the same model hopefully soon and Finland's Minister for Justice calling for the same. This positive wave is likely to strengthen further as neighbouring countries feel the increased ill-effects of their own harmful policies. [read more...]
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