Saturday, March 20, 2010

French Female MP calls for Reopening Brothels

Right-wing MP claims reopening brothels in France after 60 years 'will help to protect sex workers'

"Brothels should be reopened in France to protect prostitutes from exploitation and criminal gangs, an MP from Nicolas Sarkozy’s rightwing party has said.

Chantal Brunel, a member of the ruling UMP, wants to legalise women selling sex on licensed premises and say they should be taxed on earnings.

The proposals, which would see workers serving clients within a protected framework, are being studied ‘very carefully’ by French interior minister Brice Hortefeux.

Brothels – or bordellos – have been banned in France for more than 60 years.

Her demand comes as a survey revealed six out of 10 people supported the move.

Ms Brunel said: ‘Women selling sex should be allowed to do so legally on special licensed premises.

‘This would free thousands of women from the exploitation they suffer at the hands of pimps and criminal gangs and offer them much more security they currently have on the streets.

‘It would give them a legal taxable income and they would not be handing over large sums of their earning to a pimp.’

France had 1,400 legal brothels before they were all shut down under a new law banning prostitution in 1946.

Brothels are still legal in Germany, Holland and Switzerland, and tolerated in Spain."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This just show haw ill-informed I am as I though brothels where legal in France. Apparently not. People should do with their bodies as they please.