Sex en france

As early as 2014, rates for sex work had already begun to decrease and many clients stopped calling for fear of being fined.The words of a 27-year-old French woman working as an escort in Paris further illustrate this: “The threat of criminalisation in the near future has already scared away some of my clients: the most respectful ones”.The majority of those interviewed believe that the criminalisation of clients is more detrimental to their well-being and safety than the previous laws against soliciting.

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Every time there they talk about the law on TV clients go down, and then they come up again, slowly. So you have to get what you can.” (Marseille, 2015) The anticipated negative effects of this law have been confirmed by new research undertaken between April 2016 and April 2018 jointly by Hélène Le Bail researcher at Sciences Po-CERI Paris and Calogero Giametta, postdoctoral researcher for the ERC-funded SEXHUM project ( project by comparing the effect of sexual humanitarian policies and intervention in Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States.

Crucially, the concept of sexual humanitarianism refers to the global hegemony of a neo-abolitionist discourse, which systematically conflates prostitution with trafficking, framing prostitution as “paradigmatic of a system of male power” and seeking its abolition by removing the demand for sexual services.

This trend is best exemplified by the global resonance of the “Swedish model” – a policymaking framework aiming to reduce the demand for prostitution by decriminalising sex work and criminalising the purchase of sex – as an ideal instrument to fight trafficking.

Sex workers have been increasingly obliged to accept clients whom they would have previously refused.

Generally, the decreasing time available to negotiate with clients has made it harder for sex workers to impose their conditions.

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