New French Law Penalizes Paying for Sex

Apr 07, 2016, 12:05 PM

France's Parliament passed a law Wednesday that makes it illegal to pay for sex. Offenders may be fined up to 3,750 euros (about $4,300) and required to attend classes about the conditions of sex workers.

The controversial law makes France the fifth European country to criminalize the clients of prostitutes, joining Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the U.K., according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). Pimping is already penalized across the region.