Sex Work

France Set to Fine People for Paying for Sex

Though the act of prostitution will remain legal

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French MPs have approved a bill that will penalise anyone paying for sex.

The bill, which was adopted by a vote of 268 to 138, with 79 abstentions, establishes a fine of at least 1,500 euros ($2,030) for buying sexual acts.

Under the new bill, prostitution will remain legal and the act of soliciting will now not be punished. Pimping will remain illegal.

Supporters of the bill say it punishes clients, but critics argue it puts sex workers at risk.

The bill must still pass the Senate before coming into force.