French lawmakers may punish prostitutes' clients

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Posted: Dec 06, 2011 12:41 PM
French lawmakers may punish prostitutes' clients

French lawmakers are expected to pass a symbolic resolution that would condemn prostitution as linked to human trafficking and violence before beginning debate on a tough proposed law that would punish clients.

The resolution is expected to easily pass the scrutiny of lawmakers in the lower house on Tuesday.

Lawmakers will then take on a bill with real teeth. According to the bill, a copy of which was obtained by The AP, clients who "solicit, accept or obtain" sex for money risk two months in prison and a fine of euro3,750 ($5,000).

When the sex provider is a minor, the client's risk increases to three years in prison and a euro45,000 ($60,000) fine.

The bill could go before lawmakers as early as Tuesday or within the next few days.