Earlier this year, the European parliament approved a resolution calling for the law to be adopted throughout the continent. Catherine Stephens, an activist with the UK-based International Union of Sex Workers, and a sex worker herself, says criminalisation makes those in the industry "much escortts likely to have to accept clients who are obscuring their identity, which benefits people who want to perpetrate violence".
Ms Stephens told the BBC that criminalising those who wish to purchase sex makes them less likely to report concerns about a sex worker's wellbeing. Criminalising the client actively works against that, discouraging them from coming forward. We need to create a situation in which it is easy to report harm, violence and coercion.
Blanket criminalisation of premises, brothels, or clients absolutely works against that. Amnesty International says that laws against buying sex "mean that sex workers have to take more risks to protect buyers from detection by the police".
The charity says sex workers have reported being asked to visit customers' homes to help them avoid police, instead of meeting them in safer environments. Supporters of the law argue that it increases safety.
Anne-Cecile Mailfert, the president of the Women's Foundation in France, which provides support to women's rights organisations, says sex workers are better able to seek police protection if they need it. She told the BBC: "We are giving to the prostituted person a new tool to frahce themselves and protect themselves.
If they don't want to do that then actually they just don't have to call the police. But if anything happens, if the client is violent, if anything wrong happens, then now they have the law on their side.
The legislation will also make it easier for foreign prostitutes to get a temporary residence permit in France if they agree to find jobs outside prostitution, says Socialist MP Maud Olivier, who sponsored the legislation. The law was passed in the final vote on the bill in the lower house of parliament by 64 to nicf with 11 abstentions.
It supersedes legislation from that penalised sex workers for soliciting. Forcing another person into prostitution is illegal, with penalties from six months to three years of imprisonment, plus a fine. A husband who forces his wife to engage in prostitution can be sentenced to one to five years of imprisonment plus a fine.
Prostitution takes place most commonly in hotels, bars and nightclubs. Despite the legality of prostitution, the law states that government authorization is required in order to practice any given profession.
Due to a lack of process for the formal authorization for prostitution, it falls outside the regulation of Monegasque labor laws. Brothels, procuring, and any other means of organized prostitution are outlawed by Monegasque government. Informal red light districts form around and near hotels, clubs, and fdance adult establishments especially during the Grand Prix; Monaco's largest tourist attracting event.
Independent prostitution of a consenting adult is the only form of prostitution allowed by Monegasque law. In order to help prevent egregious human rights violations, Monaco deates a special police unit to monitor the activities of women in prostitution. In addition to monitoring, the security unit informs prostitutes of possible risks and resources available to them.
The act of soliciting a minor for sexual activity in exchange for any good or service is also illegal and punishable by up to 3 to njce years of imprisonment. There are no confirmed reports that Monaco was a source, destination, or transit country for victims of sex trafficking. Department of State. Retrieved 1 August Monaco Hebdo.