There is something very wrong about this story. The policy seems far more, well islamic than socialist. Isn’t Najat an Iranian name?
I have a hard time understanding how any modern socialist party could justify telling women that they are not allowed to have sex with whomever they want for whatever reason they want. Even under Canada’s Conservative government brothels have become legal. This in no way makes human sex trafficking or slavery legal any more than making Aspirin legal for heart patients allows the homeless to use heroin.
This new government in France needs watching closely.
France’s new Women’s Rights Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem’s stated mission is to start the eradication of prostitution in France by pushing tough legislation against their clients. Some sex workers and police officers see things differently.
French prostitutes’ organisations on Sunday heaped scorn on the new minister for women’s rights after she said she wanted to eradicate the sex trade in France.
In an interview with the weekly Journal de Dimanche, 34-year-old minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (pictured) said: “My objective, like that of the [newly-elected] Socialist Party, is to see prostitution disappear.”
In December 2011, a cross-party initiative in the French lower house of parliament came up with a proposed law that would criminalise paying for sex.
Getting the proposal onto the statute books would be her immediate priority – but for Vallaud-Belkacem, who says she has the support of Interior Minister Manuel Valls, prosecuting clients is just the first step.
“This abolitionist stance is borne of the fact that there are insufficient means at our disposal … to protect the vast majority of prostitutes, who are victims of violence from organised crime networks and from their pimps,” she said.
“The question is not whether we want to abolish prostitution – the answer is yes – but rather how we can have the means to do so.”
According to Guy Goffroy, one of the authors of the proposed bill and a member of the former ruling conservative UMP party, 90 percent of prostitutes working in France are victims of international traffickers.
But sex workers contacted by FRANCE 24 said the measure, if passed, would penalise what they insist is a perfectly legitimate way of making a living and endanger the already precarious lives of prostitutes.