Dominique Strauss-Kahn may win acquittal but trial exposes social misery

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Prostitutes' testimony during the trial in which the former IMF chief answered charges of pimping reveals world of deprivation and abuse.

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It is a saga of money, fame and destitute women ferried to luxury locations for sex with powerful men, against a backdrop of economic deprivation and social misery. France has been shaken this week by harrowing testimony from a trial in Lille that not only put in the dock Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief and one-time French presidential hopeful, but also examined a much wider, depressing picture of poverty, women submitted to sex acts against their will and alleged pimps who referred to them as “livestock”, reports The Guardian.