French sex workers fail in bid to overturn payment ban
PARIS: French sex workers failed on Friday in their bid to overturn a law that bans paying for sex, as the country’s Constitutional Council ruled that it does not breach the constitution. But many active sex workers say it has made their jobs more dangerous and deprived them of income. Sex workers say the risk of these fines has led clients to pressure them into agreeing to go with them to more isolated places where they are vulnerable to attack. Sex workers say the drop in business since the law was brought in has also forced them into agreeing to riskier work, such as unprotected sex. Patrice Spinosi, the lawyer for sex workers who brought the case, complained that the law was “schizophrenic”.