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Geetanjali Gangoli and Nicole Westmarland

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346728

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346728.001.0001

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Prostitution in France

Prostitution in France

(p.44) (p.45) Three Prostitution in France
International approaches to prostitution

Gill Allwood

Policy Press

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

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